5 Back to the Future 2 Tech Device Predictions that Almost Came True

2015? You mean we’re in the future?

Yes, Marty, it is indeed 2015. But, unfortunately, it’s no longer the future and 2015 has now become both your and my present. I hate to break it to you, but we don’t have flying cars just yet. On the bright side, remember those power laces that you liked so much? They might just be released for purchase this year to meet the 2015 mark.

The Nike power laces are being released in honor of the Back to the Future 2 anniversary, but how about the movie’s other predictions? Surprisingly, there were 2015 predictions that almost meet reality. An example being wearable devices — Google glasses, anyone?

So here is a list of 5 Back to the Future 2 Tech Device Predictions that almost came true.

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Marty didn’t know what almost hit him.

1. Hoverboards

In the movie, although Marty wasn’t able to ride his hover board over water, he could still float over it. Unfortunately, our hover board technology isn’t quite there yet. A company called Hendo Hoverboards sells the world’s first hover board, but being completely land-ridden — they function similarly to skateboards. Either way, hover boards are still pretty awesome, which is why Tony Hawk was seen riding one of them last year.

2. Holomax

While Marty was exploring the streets, he passed by a Holomax theater and barely escaped the “deadly” jaws of a holographic shark advertising Jaws 19. Although we do not have Holomax, we do have 3-D movies and IMAX. With both of these types of movie formats, the viewers feel a level of realism that Holomax viewers probably would have felt.

3. Fingerprint scanners

Some of us remember our amazement when older Biff paid for his cab ride by merely scanning his fingerprint or when future Marty’s house had doors unlocked by fingerprints. We thought, “How great would it be if we didn’t have to carry around our wallets and keys!” Although we don’t utilize fingerprint scanners as payment identification methods, both Paypal and ApplePay with the use of your smartphone use fingerprints to pay for your purchases. Also, all over the world, many companies and buildings utilize fingerprint technology to prevent intruders from entering secure areas.

4. Personal Devices

Earlier, we mentioned the wearable devices. The characters from 2015 in the movie used those devices to watch TV and answer the phone — a couple of functions that our present smartphones have. However, I would say that our present smartphones are actually smarter than the ones shown in the movie. The characters in the movie shared one phone line, while we each have our own phone lines making our experience much more personal.

5. Smart homes

In the movie, characters watched multiple TV channels at the same time, turned on lights with voice-activation, and had smart cookers that knew how to cook your food without prompts. Sure, we have the smart TVs that can play multiple channels and voice-activated lights, but our smart cookers are not quite at the level of those from Back to the Future 2. Yes, we have microwaves that have “smart cooking” technology, but do you really trust your microwave to actually cook a whole meal for you?

In Back to the Future 2, there was a resounding theme that security technology was important to the people of 2015. People used fingerprint and voice scanning so that theft risks would be mitigated. However, one thing they missed was the internet.

The people of 2015 depend so much of their lives on the internet. Our lives are so intertwined with the cyber world that our personal and business lives cannot be separated from our cyber ones. We manage our finances, personal lives, businesses, and even, aspirations for the future through the internet. However, if we are to draw wisdom from the film, then just as the movie characters protected their homes, we need to protect our cyber ones.

In recent years, cyber-attacks are on the rise and 80% of these attacks are not targeting large corporations, but rather, small businesses. The average cost of one cyberattack for small businesses range from £65,000 and £115,000, while for large corporations, it ranges from £600,000 and £1.15m.

So how do businesses follow in the steps of our Back to the Future 2 innovators? We need to safe-guard our cyber identities as the characters protected their physical ones. For those of us who use the internet for leisure, we need to have good cyber hygiene and protect their personal information, and for those who run their businesses online, we need to create secure websites, so that our websites aren’t rendered helpless to attacks like Marty Jr. was to Griff.

So, although Back to the Future 2 wasn’t completely right in their predictions of 2015, there is still a lot we can learn from the movie to improve our future in 2015 and beyond.


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