Back to the Future: October 21, 2015

Karina Kosmala, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Marty McFly would say, “This is heavy!” after time traveling to October 21, 2015. The future of October 21, 2015 is finally here! Some futuristic Sci-Fi movies show a time traveling to millions of years to the future. However the 1989’s Back to the Future II, sequel to Back to the Future, allowed us to compare the predicted future to the actual “future.” Characters Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and Jennifer time-traveled to Wednesday October 21, 2015 from 1985 to prevent Mcfly’s future son from getting arrested. During this time-traveling journey, we take a glimpse into what director, Robert Zemecki, and the rest of the 1985 cast envisioned 2015 will look like. Although there is still a possibility that flying cars, “hydrated” pizza, and time machines will be invented, while hoverboards are close to the expectation (all they need is to be fully functional on all surfaces and for a long period of time), there were some inventions that came exceptionally close to the movie’s predictions.

For instance, the scene where the future McFly is seen speaking to Douglas J. Needles through the flat screen tv is equivalent to Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, and other programs we use for video conferencing today.  Paying by just using your fingerprint is another prediction that came true through an app by PayPal. In a different style than predicted Google Glasses became the equivalence to the glasses shown in the movie to display phone calls. For some of the predictions, modern day inventions even exceeded the expectations from the 1989 movie. The idea of using controllers is unimaginable to the two boys when they interact with the arcade machine in the cafe, and in reality, Microsoft Xbox Kinect now allows a person to play a game by just interpreting their movements with a motion detecting camera.

Yet, there were some instances that some products from the 1989 predictions, despite various attempts, did not manage to make an appearance until recent years . The Nike self-lacing shoes made an appearance in 2011 and, according to IFLScience,  “raised $6 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation”; however, with the LED lights and overall style, but without the self-lacing capabilities. Yet, when asked earlier (last month), the Nike innovation chief Tinkler Hatfield, without providing any detail of release dates, suggested that self-tying shoes are possible this year, but time is running out.

On the other hand, some companies made products especially for the  “Back to the Future Day.” Like the Pepsi Perfect, the limited edition pepsi glass bottle fashioned with a blue top earlier previewed at the New York Comic Con, will be sold on October 21, 2015. According to Tech Insider, “pepsi will only be selling 6,500 Pepsi Perfect bottles for $20.15.” In the movie, an advertisement for the movie Jaws 19 was previewed, and in reality Universal Pictures released a trailer for a Jaws 19 movie, with previews of the sequels before that. In terms of the world series, according to the movie, it was the Cubs against Miami. Though the part of this prediction could is least likely to occur, the Cubs playing against Miami, but the other part could come true, the Cubs winning the World Series.

There’s is still time left for all these inventions to be fully developed, so to say that these predictions were completely wrong is incorrect, there are just in the process of becoming reality.


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