Back to the Future II Predictions – October 21st 2015

There have been many that have been waiting for this day. I decided to see what predictions were made in the movie that have come true.  So here goes! This is directly from Wikipedia.

“According to Zemeckis, the 2015 depicted in the film was not meant to be an accurate depiction of the future. “For me, filming the future scenes of the movie were the least enjoyable of making the whole trilogy, because I don’t really like films that try and predict the future. The only one I’ve actually enjoyed were the ones done by Stanley Kubrick, and not even he predicted the PC when he made A Clockwork Orange. So, rather than trying to make a scientifically sound prediction that we were probably going to get wrong anyway, we figured, let’s just make it funny.” Despite this, the filmmakers did do some research into what scientists thought may occur in the year 2015.[15] Bob Gale said, “We knew we weren’t going to have flying cars by the year 2015, but God we had to have those in our movie.”[16]

However, the film did correctly predict a number of technological and sociological changes including:

Other aspects of the depiction of the future had not come to pass by 2015, but efforts were made to replicate the technology advances.

  • The film shows Marty putting on Nike tennis shoes with automatic shoelaces. Nike released a version of their Hyperdunk Supreme shoes, which appear similar to Marty’s, in July 2008. Fans dubbed them the Air McFly.[20] In April 2009, they filed the patent for self-lacing shoes, and their design bears a resemblance to those worn by Marty in the film.[21] In 2010, a fan named Blake Bevin created shoes that tie themselves.[22] In September 2011, Nike revealed that their MAG line of shoes would not feature the self-lacing feature shown in it.[23][24] Tinker Hatfield, one of the shoe’s designers, indicated in 2014 that they would introduce shoes with power-lacing technology the following year, 2015.[25]
  • The concept of the hoverboard—a skateboard that can float off the ground—has been explored by various groups since the release of the film. Attempts similar to hoverboats, which blast air at the ground, have been demonstrated,[26] with a 2015 record distance of 275 meters.[27] A different type is the MagBoard, developed by researchers at the Paris Diderot University. It uses a large superconductor plate on the bottom cooled with liquid nitrogen as to achieve the Meissner effect and allow it to float over a special track; it was shown capable of carrying the weight of a human in its practical demonstration. However, the requirement to run the superconductor at higher, more ambient temperatures prevents this from becoming practical.[28][29] In March 2014, a company named HUVr Tech purportedly demonstrated a working hoverboard along with several celebrities including Lloyd, though this shortly was revealed as a hoax created by the website Funny or Die.[30]

In the 2015 scene, the film imagines the Chicago Cubs winning the 2015 World Series against the Miami-based Gators, referencing the Cubs’ longstanding failure to win a championship; when the film was made Florida had yet to have a Major League Baseball team.[31] The state of Florida has since gained two franchises: the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) in 1993 and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now the Tampa Bay Rays) in 1998. (The Marlins, like the Cubs, are a member franchise of the National League (NL), making it an impossibility that the two franchises would play each other in the World Series.) In the actual 2015 season, neither Florida-based team qualified for the postseason, but the Cubs clinched a berth in the NL Wild Card Game, marking their first postseason appearance since 2008.[32] The Cubs won 4-0 at Pittsburgh to advance to the 2015 National League Division Series against their chief rival and Central Division champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, which they won, three games to one.[33]

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