It’s the 21st of October 2015, which might just sound like a regular day to most, but I’m here to tell you, that it’s not!
Today is ‘Back to the Future Day’!
In Back to the Future II, the Doc and Marty crash into the future on this very day, (at 4.29pm if we’re being precise).
Let’s take a look at what they got right and what they got very wrong!
Okay, so in BTTF 2015, Marty McFly is wearing a self-drying jacket, self-lacing trainers and jeans with the pockets pulled out, but if you look past those tech features, (10/10 for channeling wearables though), his bomber jacket is actually pretty on trend (if you ignore the fact that it comes with an inbuilt hairdryer). The trainers, although self-lacing, are not dissimilar to a pair of Kanye West’s Adidas high top Yeezy Boosts and Nike filed a patent for the automatic lacing system in 2009.
"Where we're going, we don't need roads..." Well, not quite, we don’t have flying cars just yet. Though there were some predictions, which weren’t too far from our reality. Vertical takeoffs aren’t the norm, and we don’t throw our rubbish into a car’s ‘Mr Fusion Energy Converter’ to create fuel but converting waste into power for vehicles isn’t completely unheard of. In Bristol and Bath, efforts have been made to power busses with treated waste from sewage and food.
Another similarity is when Biff pays for his taxi fare using his thumbprint, which isn’t too dissimilar to how we pay for things now, with cashless touch paying systems like contactless and Apple pay.
We don't have hover boards though, which I personally think is a huge disappointment. But we do have smart balancing electric scooters, so it's swings and roundabouts I guess.
- Jaws 19
Thankfully, they’ve not made 19 Jaws films. That’s all there is to say about that, just be happy about that one.
Throughout the film, almost every character uses some high tech specs, which can take photos, access an information database and magnify objects. Google glass, which is going through a bit of a reinvention right now, has the ability to display data from the Internet to the viewer through natural language voice commands, take photos and record HD video.
When it comes to home entertainment, BTTF was closer to the mark. The roll-up flat screen shown in McFlys home is similar to the flexible panels LG showed off at CES this year, and voice controlled televisions are a reality thanks to Smart TV’s and Amazon and Apple boxes.
BTTF didn’t give a fully accurate prediction of the future, there are some similarities and many differences, though non of that really matters when you consider how excited everybody is about it today.
What a time to be alive.