Happy “Back to the Future” Day everybody! That’s right, today is the day that Marty Mcfly travelled forwards in time to in Back to the Future Part II. Although the film was set (before the time travel) in 1985, it was filmed in 1989. There were plenty of ideas thrown in there about what the world might look like in 2015, and while some have come true, others are still a distant dream.
Perhaps guessing what new inventions will be around in 21 years doesn’t seem like such a big ask, but today’s world is very different. Back in 1989, the internet had yet to take off, social media hadn’t been invented, and mobile phones weren’t the sleek everyday items that are so ubiquitous today. So what did the film get right and wrong?
Payment using biometrics is already here, and VR glasses/headsets have been around for a while too. Video conferencing is, rather less interestingly, real, and multi-channel TV screens are available.
But time travel itself remains firmly within the bounds of Science Fiction/Fantasy (depending on whether you believe it’s possible) and Spielberg hasn’t made Jaws 19 yet (I can live with that). Perhaps the greatest tragedy though is that working hoverboards still aren’t available, and there’s no indication anyone’s going to be cornering the market on hoverboards any time soon. I’d gladly swap the video conferencing, VR glasses, and biometrics for the hoverboard. Still, at least DeLoreans are still around. Oh, wait…