The two biggest misses in the cinematic forecast were the internet and mobile, and cars are not flying but are on the way to driving themselves. The correct predictions: smart watch, biofuel (although not directly from the garbage to the fuel tank) and flat screens
October 21, 2015, i.e. today, is the future date that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) reached into the future in a film shot in 1989. Although only a small part of the ascension takes place in 2015, thirty years into the future from the film's present - 1985, it is loaded with technological predictions The speculations of what life will look like these days. Many of them did materialize in one way or another, and some of them are even ridiculously outdated.
In 2015, you don't see cell phones in the film, and still, like in the XNUMXs, batteries from public phone booths fill the public space.. and it seems that the Internet doesn't exist, at least not as we know it. Even a realistic service such as real-time traffic reports are displayed on giant screens in the city square and not on the personal device as we see today.
Fax machines are the official means of communication instead of email in real life and although the filmmakers wisely foresaw video conferencing, business communication is still delivered via staple printers to a network of home fax machines that serve more as intercoms than inboxes.
Similarly, the children of the McFly family wear JVC glasses which are a pretty good guess for Google glasses, but these devices are connected to a common phone line for the whole family ("Daddy, this is for you" complains Marty's daughter when the phone rings and she checks the JvC glasses who is calling. We don't see the The McFly children or anyone else wears these objects on the street, which shows that they are not portable devices, while Doc Brown wears the darkened sunglasses, another thing that reality preceded the film.
There are still many things in the film that are reminiscent of actual reality as we know it today. For example, the smart watch that Doc Brown uses to check the weather, the reference to contactless video games, the flat screen TVs in the McFly house. They all exist in reality and by and large (and rely on WIFI technology) today. To a certain extent, facial recognition technology is also starting to gain momentum, even if it is not common in every home like in the movie.
And there are also the drones that are increasingly being used by news organizations to observe the scenes of events.
In the film, the printed newspaper headlines tell about the blurring line between man and machine. "A man was arrested for using a bionic arm". The bad guy Griff Tannen is a member of the gang known as the Bionic Overlords and Griff himself, according to Doc Brown, had a bionic arm implanted "Be careful of this guy Griff, he has some short circuits in the bionic implants". Of course, it does not make sense for a person whose limbs are normal to replace them with prosthetic limbs even if they are apparently better than human limbs, but we are definitely starting to see XNUMXD printing of limbs adapted to the injured, especially in mine-ridden areas, which are mostly common in Africa.
Another correct guess - electronic payments that are increasingly replacing the use of cash. Both the taxi driver and the requester for the donations to repair the clock tower carry devices with which they can receive digital payments. Another realistic device in the film is the lock that opens with a fingerprint. It is part of the overall setup of the smart home.
At Cafe 80, automatic waiters serve the clientele. Several companies have experimented with employing robotic waiters.
Doc Brown's flying Dolorean devours garbage instead of fuel, this is not exactly what exists in reality but pretty close - many companies are developing different means to produce fuel from waste. The fuel, whose properties like the fuel made from oil and the car does not differentiate between them, neither does the plane by the way.
It is still impossible to bake a pizza in 20 seconds using an (imaginary) hydrator from the Black & Decker company. Hover skateboards have not yet replaced wheeled skateboards.
People carry tiny computers in their back pockets. Anyone can publish their thoughts to a large audience from anywhere in the world with the click of a button, scientists can print body parts in 2015D, people can share and access vast knowledge bases - literature and art without leaving home. Cars do not fly, but they can drive themselves. Compared to what today's technology allows, the year 2 of "Back to the Future XNUMX" seems faded.
What will happen in thirty years? After all, Buzz Aldrin who visited Israel last week as part of the IAC conference complained that thirty and forty years ago they thought that by this day we would reach Mars and establish colonies on its surface and instead we got Facebook. Any attempt to predict where today's information revolution will take us will be frivolous. True, the houses will be smarter, artificial intelligence will be more widespread, augmented reality will make our lives easier, and of course the bandwidth will be much wider, but these are just more of the same, you are welcome to raise your hypotheses in the comments to this article.