Today ay 4:29 on October 21, 2015 is when Marty McFly went back to the future with Doc Brown and Jennifer to stop their son from messing around with the wrong crowd and getting arrested. If you know anyone named Biff we highly advise that you don’t let your kids hang out with his kids… mainly because of the movies. Anyway, tomorrow the entire Back To The Future series will have taken place entirely in the past so let’s take today to celebrate the films and explore what it got right about the future.
Let’s start with the obvious. We don’t have any flying cars, but that doesn’t mean companies haven’t been working on them. This has been a fantasy of people for years, so it’s only natural that it would be included in Back To The Future II. Unfortunately, we’re not quite there just yet.
Right, so next on the list would be the overboard. We’ve covered the Lexus version, but that one is pretty misleading considering it works with magnets and there was a metal track under that park they took it to. It’s gonna be pretty difficult to get that up and running so that kids can use ’em, but they’re not longer outside the realm of possibility as they once were. Not sure whether we’ll have flying cars or hover boards first, but if I’m alive to see them mass produced then I could care less.
Let’s go back to flying cars for a minute, but one in particular. Doc Brown’s DeLorean got a bit of a tuneup in Back To the Future II and was able to refuel its fusion engine using trash. Again, this isn’t exactly the norm, but there have been experimental vehicles that run on waste… like this Bio-Bus in the UK that runs on crap… seriously. While we’re on the topic of future cars we’d be doing everyone a major injustice if we didn’t point out a little detail that the film so accurately captured. When cars went by in Back To The Future II you may, or may not, have noticed that they barely made sound. That’s quite in line with a lot of electric and luxury cars of today that minimize engine noise.
Let’s get to this next one before there’s absolutely no chance of it. The Chicago Cubs are supposed to win the 2015 World Series. First of all we know that the World Series isn’t won in October, but what looked like a real possibility has, since last night, turned into something unlikely. The Cubs are down 3 games to the Mets and would need an absolute miracle to turn it around. But hey, stranger things have happened in baseball.
Time for the best part; the fashion! We won’t have talking clothes, but we do have shirts, belt buckles and all sorts of there accessories that have LED text just like the officers who brought Jennifer home from that alley that Doc and Marty left her in. That self-drying jacket could be compared to all the athletic apparel that wicks away sweat and we couldn’t have this conversation without talking about the self-lacing Nike’s. They’re real, and they’re spectacular.
On the technology side of things they nailed video communication, drones, robotic dog walkers, those stupid smart glasses and even those rollup TVs that LG has been working on. Sure, there were a lot of things in the movie that they didn’t get right, but don’t be a sourpuss.
Anyway, you’ve got a solid day to celebrate Marty and his wild adventures, so do it right and please time travel responsibly.