The Back To The Future trilogy may look a little dated today, but at its time, it was one of the most popular movie series ever. Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly captured the hearts of audiences around the world. The time machine that sits at the heart of the movies is, of course, purely imaginary—but in other respects, the series was prescient.
In fact, if you take a close look at the movies, you'll see that they were spookily accurate in many different observations and predictions of the future. Let's take a look at how, right now.
1. It Nearly Predicted When The Cubs Would Win The World Series
The Cubs hadn't won the World Series for more than 80 years when they did pretty well in 2015 (the year the film says they would win), but they had to wait until 2016 to actually win.
Not bad, though—just one year off!.
2. The Donald Was Projected In Biff
The screenwriters have confirmed this: "Biff was based on their perception of Donald Trump at the time."
Remember when Biff is in his office, posing in front of his own photo? Gulp.
3. They Saw The Wireless Future
In Back To The Future Part II, they're all sat around playing video games in one scene. There were no wires to connect the controls.
4. The Endless Procession Of 3D Movies
This was a little tongue in cheek, but Jaws 19 in 3D was clearly advertised in the future in the movie. We didn't get Jaws but we did get the Emoji Movie, which is worse.
5. Doc Brought Us Handheld Computing
Many 80s movies saw the computers of the future getting bigger, not smaller—but Back To The Future called this right and Apple made it happen.
6. The Google Glass Scene
Google Glass isn't dead, it's just being used in businesses now, as nobody wanted it as a consumer tool. In McFly's future, they did want screens on their glasses and they had them, too.
7. Lots Of Channels On The TV
It might seem crazy to young folks, but it's not so long ago that there was a very small choice of channels on TV to watch. Now, there's a channel for everything. Maybe networks got the idea from Back To The Future?
8. They Saw The Future Was Green
Yes, the Back To The Future movies also foresaw green technology. The car could run on garbage—while things aren't quite that simple yet, garden waste can be turned into car fuel today.
9. The Digital Thumbprint For ID
The device was a little more awkward than the ones we use today, but the concept was spot on. Another psychic moment in Back To The Future.
10. The Ability To Remotely Spy On People
Yes, the movies also gave us our first glimpse of a future in which drones could pipe information to us at a distance. They're so common now that countries are building legal frameworks around them
11. They Pushed Nike To Innovate
Nike, inspired by Back To The Future, actually designed a pair of boots which had self-lacing properties. How amazing is that? Well, we were impressed.
12. The Widescreen TV Revolution
There's a widescreen TV in the movies. They didn't exist in real life back then, and now they're so ubiquitous, it's hard to imagine that we ever didn't have them.
13. They Were The Second Franchise To Feature Video Calls
Back To The Future can't take all the credit here. Robocop imagined video calling before them, but they were definitely heading in the right direction.
14. Florida Gets A Baseball Team
They didn't get the name right, but the movies did foresee a future with a Floridian baseball team—and in fact, there are now two of them.
15. The Hoverboard Turned Up On Time!
Hendo finally released an actual working hoverboard in 2015—the exact year the movie's hoverboard was said to exist in. What a wonderful world we live in.
It's quite amazing to think that so much of the imagination that went into Back To The Future has become reality now.
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