Back to the Future!

This weekend, I watched all three of the Back to the Future movies.  I think my favorite still might be the third one.  Why?  There’s adventure, romance, cowboys, horses, and a flying train.  How could it not be an amazing movie?

What amused me the most, I think, was the second movie and its perception of the future.  The “future” was supposed to be the year 2015, which, in the late 80’s, seemed so incredibly far in the future.  I was going to be so much older by 2015! 

Well, 2015 is not so far away, and I think that technology has a long way to go if we want to be where Back to the Future thought we would be.  Though in some cases, we’re beyond that point already (the presence of pay phones all over the place and the old-school printer styles, for example).   

Some things they got right.  Not every home has a thumbprint lock on the front door, but the technology is available. 

But we still don’t have flying cars.  Or hoverboards.  Or hover anythings.  My house doesn’t greet me when I come home.  I can’t demand fruit from the ceiling.  Food is not dehydrated and then rehydrated in seconds for dinner.    We’re nowhere hear Jaws 19 (thankfully). 

Some things are possible though.  Most people don’t use video phones.  But the technology exists, and is becoming more popular with the use of webcams.  So who knows, in the next seven years, maybe that will be the norm.

I don’t know that we’ll have flying cars in 7 years though.  Sad.

 

One thought on “Back to the Future!

  1. We have enough morons who can’t drive on highways — Can you imagine the havoc they could wreak if they were in flying cars?

    So (fortunately?) we do not have flying cars — and are not likely to get them in the next seven years — but the advances in computer technology has been far beyond what anyone imagined. And I would predict that over the next decade or two the medical advances brought about by information technology and nanotechnology will be truly mindboggling (except, of course, it will happen incrementally so we will really only be aware of it when we look back twenty years).

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