This has nothing to do with gardening, but did you know today is a holiday? It is Back to The Future Day! In the 1989 movie, Back to The Future II, Marty and Doc Brown travel to October 21, 2015 from 1985. The writers made a number of predictions about the future, and surprisingly, many of these have come true in some form. It's really quite striking when you consider how amazing some of these technologies seemed when we saw them on the big screen in the late 1980s. Here are a few that stand out.
Drones. In the movie we see a number of drones. Notably a USA Today camera drone. News companies are currently experimenting with using drones to capture video.
- Flat screen TVs. The film features several scenes of characters watching screens very much like the oversize ones we actually use these days. That's saying something, because most TVs of the 1980s were heavy, square appliances with bulky picture tubes.
- Video phone calls. Hello FaceTime!
- CGI version of dead celebrities. In the movie Marty is waited on by a CGI President Reagan at Café 80s. Today we see this technology being used in movies.
- Virtual Reality Goggles. Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and many others are available now.
- Thumb print locks. I use this every time I unlock my phone.
- Cars with alternative fuel. It’s not quite a trash-powered “Mr. Fusion”, but Tesla electric cars are a great start.
- Hover boards. Yes. Really! A company in California is developing a magnet-based system. The only limitation is that it needs a specific type of metal surface. Lexus (for some reason) is also working on the technology too.
- Hands-free video games. Our intrepid time traveler, Marty McFly, plays an arcade game called "Wild Gunman" at Café 80's in 2015. Two kids are shocked that McFly has to use his hands to play, calling it a "baby's game." Thanks to products like Xbox Kinect, hands-free video games are now pretty commonplace.
- Cubs win The World Series. …. Maybe. (Edit: Nope.)