The time-traveling movie Back to the Future Part II was released in 1989. In the film, Marty McFly traveled 30 years into the future to 2015. Well 2015 is finally upon us, so let’s see how well the movie predicted the technological advances that we’d have.
We were supposed to have these super cool floating skateboards that let us escape from bullies. However Mattel failed us. The closest thing we have is the HENDO Hoverboard, a magnetic skateboard that can only float above a copper surface that can only get one inch off the ground and it still needs funding from Kickstarter. And no these water-propelled boards are basically flying jet skis. And don’t even try to call this wood plank with leaf blowers attached as a hoverboard.
Flying Cars (WRONG)
We’ve been promised flying cars since I can remember, but nothing. The only thing we have is this Aeromobil, but that’s more of a limited airplane with retractable wings. Thanks for nothing science.
Rehydrated Pizza (WRONG)
Grandma Lea Thompson “rehydrates” a pizza in seconds in the Black & Decker Rehydrator. It instantly transforms a little frozen circle into a large, hot meal. We have dehydrated food, but no rehydrated food.
Sneakers With Power Laces (RIGHT)
Marty had Nike Air MAG sneakers which had power laces that tie themselves. Nike designer Tinker Hatfield has said that they will release actual kicks with power laces in 2015. Whoa this is heavy!
Auto-Drying And Size-Adjusting Clothes (WRONG)
We were told that we would have clothes that would instantly dry themselves if you are caught out in a rain storm. No dice.
Jaws 19 (WRONG)
We haven’t gotten a new Jaws movie, not like we need it. But we have received Godzilla sequels, a million Saw films as well as a new Star Wars this year.
Flat-Screen TVs Mounted On The Wall (RIGHT)
There weren’t flat screens in every house/room back in 1989 like there are today.
Chicago Cubs Win The World Series (TBD)
The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. However they have some young talent and have made some great acquisitions this offseason to really improve their team, but win the World Series? That’s a tall order. Besides predicting that the Cubs would win the 2015 World Series, BTTF prognosticated that they would be playing against the Miami MLB team. At the time of the movie, there was no baseball team in Miami, however the Florida Marlins made their MLB debut in 1993.
Video Games That Don’t Require Hands (RIGHT)
Little Elijah Wood was at the arcade telling Michael J. Fox that having to use your hands to play video games is “like a baby’s toy?” Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect have made motion-based video gaming mainstream so you don’t have to be a little baby.
Streaming Video Conferencing (RIGHT)
Thanks to Skype and Facetime you can see who you’re talking to right on your computer or phone.
Nailed it many years before tablets were invented and became popular.
Wearable Technology (RIGHT)
Marty and Jennifer’s kids use “TV glasses” to answer the phone, which appears much like Google Glass.
When Griff Tannen and his gang get arrested after crashing into the courthouse, a USA Today drone is right on the scene taking a photo for the newspaper.
Mr. Fusion (WRONG)
Great Scott! A contraption that would create energy from garbage would be a game-changer for the world. But unfortunately we do not have this technology yet.
Biff uses his thumbprint to pay for a cab ride and the iPhone 6 uses fingerprints on its Touch ID for Apple Pay feature, Good call.
Technically speaking, they have until October 21, 2015 to make all these wrongs right.