On “Back to the Future Day” here’s a look at 6 tech predictions the writers absolutely nailed
If you’re reading this, your certainly aware by now that today, October 21, 2015, is a special day for both the movie and tech industries. Today marks the day—the actual day, not the day that Internet trolls have tried to pass off as “Future Day” for years now—that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel into the future in Back to the Future Part II in an attempt to alter the course of McFly’s family destiny.
The movie was released in the fall of 1989, nearly 26 years ago now, which meant cowriters Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale had to do a lot of creative thinking at the time to try to paint what they presumed to be an accurate picture of the year 2015.
Undoubtedly, they really missed the mark with some of their predictions about the future (men aren’t wearing dual neck ties, cars still don’t have the ability to fly, clothes can’t auto-adjust themselves to fit us better, we’re no closer to a Jaws 19 holographic movie, and hydrating ovens still don’t exist), but they came really close, and in some instances hit the nail on the head, with a few of their tech predictions. Let’s take a look.
1. CGI Preserves our Deceased Celebrities
All of the waiters at Hill Valley’s Café 80’s in BTTFPII are dead celebrities—none of whom were actually dead at the time—whose 80s looks were preserved and displayed on computer monitors and have the capacity to take orders.
First of all, holographic Michael Jackson, anyone? Or how about holographic Tupac? Either way, our departed and beloved celebs have found ways to reappear in our lives in 2015. Then there’s the whole talking to a computer and asking it to do something, which sounds very much like Siri, Google Now, Cortana, or Amazon’s voice-activated assistant Alexa.