Today is the day that Michael J Fox’s character Marty McFly from the Hollywood classic ‘Back to the Future II’ was meant to time-travel to. Everyone who watched the film when it was originally released back in 1985 couldn’t wait to fast forward 30 years to a time when we would all be travelling around on hover boards, wearing rubberised survival suits and listening to Huey Lewis and the News on repeat.
It all seemed a little bit too far-fetched at the time to be real, and that’s why it made such a great film. However the surprising thing is that a lot of the gadgets and technology that the film’s creators predicted have now actually been built and are in fact quite commonly used in our everyday lives.
Back to the Future II prophesised a great number of things including video phone calls, 3D movies, i-pads, flat screen TVs and even Nike has recently announced that it will be launching a pair of shoes which tie themselves.
Although Back to the Future was not the only film to have made some eerily accurate predictions about the future. There are many other films and even books made well before 1985 that have done the same. We’re not quite sure if this is because the films have provided with the inspiration required to go out and build the things of imagination or whether the films writers had some weird sense of precognition but either way we’re glad they did.
Here are some of the most scarily accurate movie predictions to come true.
Accurately predicted we would be using flip phones in the future, although the era of the flip phone has too, passed and is now old technology.
Predicted we would have video calling like the way you would with skype, now every smartphone gives you this option with video calling now being considered a common thing. They also predicted that we would have special autonomous robots that would help us do the house work. Fast forward to now and we have smart vacuum cleaner that do just this.
When the original Starwars film was released in 1977 the character of Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen predicted we would be using industrial moisture evaporative coolers for his moisture farm. Fast forward to now and almost every office block, gym, hotel and hospital has them to regulate their air conditioning. However we’re not sure if this counts considering it was set ‘a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away’, does this mean it happened in the past!?
2001: A Space Odyssey
Predicted we would all be using touch screen computers very similar to the ipad. Granted they miss-timed its release by almost 10 years but that’s not a bad prediction at a time when the first man had yet to set foot on the moon.
Back To The Future II
Alongside all the much cooler things that the Back to the Future series predicted, it also predicted the humble fax machine. This bit of tech was once a mainstay in any office throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, however even now its old technology. I haven’t heard anyone talk about ‘sending a fax’ in years.