2015: This is the year Marty McFly travelled to in the 1989 movie. Does our today live up to yesterday’s idea of tomorrow?
They predicted: Flying cars. Doc’s last line at the end of the first film was: “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”
Now We Have: Zilch. Even driverless cars aren’t here yet.
They Predicted: Engines that would run on used batteries and soda cans.
Now We Have: More cars, batteries and soda cans.
They Predicted: Fresh grocery that popped down from the ceiling. Dehydrated food.
Now We Have: Fresh grocery ordered online. Dehydrated everything – and just as unappetising.
They Predicted: Hoverboards – those skateboards without wheels that floated on air.
Now We Have: Hah! Even the Nikes aren’t auto-lacing yet.
They Predicted: Digital money, video calls, glasses with video in them, voice-activated commands.
Now We Have: Bitcoin, Skype, Google Glass and Siri. But it looks less fun, somehow.
Jaws would still be in cinemas, in instalment 19 and in some kind of 3D.
Now We Have: Some kind of 3D, yes, but thankfully no Jaws.
They Predicted: Fax machines for pictures, for everything.
Now We Have: Selfies, Snapchat and selfies on Snapchat. Also, what’s a fax machine?
They Predicted: That lawyers would be extinct, Elisabeth Shue would be hot, 1980s style would still be cool.
Today We Have: None of the above, and thank God for that!
From HT Brunch, January 4, 2015
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