Back to the Future is one of the most epic science/adventure film series of the 80s. The movies follow the adventures of a high school student, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), and an extravagant scientist, Dr. Emmett L. Brown (Christopher Lloyd), as they use a DeLorean machine to time travel to different historical moments.
The first film was released in 1985 and became an international phenomenon; the following ones have been produced shortly after, the second in 1989 and the third in 1990.
Back to the Future 2 shows how we already belong to the “future”, referring to the date of 21st October 2015 as a futuristic era.
But what are the inventions that have actually been created and the ones that still don’t exist?
- The Hover board
Movie: Marty McFly used a magnetic board to travel without touching the ground.
Real world: There are 2 competitors that are working to create these but they aren’t in commerce yet (we are not considering the ones with wheels like ‘proper’ hover boards).
- Flying Cars
Movie: There were flying cars everywhere.
Real world: There is a prototype but it looks like we are still far from flying on our streets.
- Self-tying shoes
Movie: Marty McFly had one pair.
Real world: Nike realised self-tying shoes in 2015.
Movie: There was a massive holographic shark.
Real world: Holograms exist and are used for a number of promotional events and live performances.
- Flat Screen Tvs
Movie: Marty’s son used one to watch many channels at ones.
Real world: Flat screens are commonplace today.
Movie: The man who approached Marty had a tablet in his hand.
Real world: Over the last few years tablets became regular devices that are accessible for everyone.
- Automated Menu and Waiters
Movie: Marty went into a completely automated café, in which people ordered from computer monitors.
Real world: There are places that have interactive menus and automated orders, and in most restaurants waiters use a tablet to take the orders.
Movie: McFly family wear high-tech glasses.
Real world: Google invented high-tech glasses with cameras, magnification and access to some sort of information.
Have a look at what Marty and the doctor would think of 2015 actual technology in this funny video:
It is amusing to see how many elements that are common today have been predicted over 30 years ago in a TV series. It looks like the only thing left to invent is the actual time machine – maybe in a couple of years we will have that too? We look forward to it so that we can actually go back to the 80s 🙂