October 22, 2015

Tek This Out: Throwback to the Future Thursday!

By Justin H.

Yesterday was a monumental occasion! Marty McFly of the renowned Back to the Future Trilogy finally reached his destination of October 21, 2015. In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty ventures to 10/21/15 in order to save his children. 

In honor of Throwback Thursday, and Marty’s arrival, we will take a look back at all of the film's predictions for the future it made back in 1985. Tek this out!

Correct: Big-Screen Televisions and Video Conferences

Back to the Future nailed this one. Most American households are now blessed with affordable plasma 60-inch HDTVs, while video apps like Skype and FaceTime make communication easier than ever. No longer are we forced into impersonal phone calls!

Incorrect: People Would be Wearing Two Ties Simultaneously

Suffice it to say, that trend has not exactly taken the world by storm just yet. On the other hand, the film did properly predict that people would wear athletic apparel as casual wear.
Speaking of which, Nike honored Back to the Future Day by announcing the 2016 release of the highly-anticipated self-lacing Air Mags, just like the shoes Marty wore in the movie 30 years ago. Nike released a similar pair in 2011 with most of the same qualities aside from the self-lacing aspect. Those shoes now typically retail for well over $7,000.

Who got the first unreleased pair of Air Mags? Michael J. Fox, of course.

Correct: Hands-Free Video Games

In the film, Marty plays an arcade game called “Wild Gunman.” Bystanders were shocked that he played the game using only his hands.

Today, this is commonplace due to hands-free gaming devices such as Xbox Kinect, Nintendo Wii, and various virtual reality endeavors.

Incorrect: Hoverboards

This was perhaps the area where the film misfired most of all. As much as we’d all love to be flying around on hoverboards, we are being treated to a new trend of two-wheeled self-balancing scooters.

However, hoverboards might not be too far away!

Correct: Drones

Another successful prediction. One of the most pivotal scenes in the film featured a USA Today drone flying around the courthouse snapping photos. Companies like Amazon already use these flying robots for delivering packages, and they have also been used in warfare. 

Furthermore, news drones like the one in the film appear to be right around the corner.

Incorrect: Unfortunately…the Chicago Cubs Did Not Win the World Series

The Chicago Cubs are affectionately known in the sports world as the “Lovable Losers.” They have famously not won the World Series since 1908, and haven’t even made it to the Series since 1945.

McFly made the bold prediction that the Cubs would bring it home in 2015, and it looked to be another unbelievable call on his part. Sadly, after a surprising 97-win season, the Cubs fell in the National League Championship Series to the New York Mets last night, and their World Series aspirations came to a screeching halt.

Even Michael J. Fox, a native New Yorker, had a hard time rooting for his Mets in that series.
“It’s tough because I’m a New Yorker and I would love to see the Mets do well. But I’d love to see the film be right. So I’m torn,” Fox said.

All things considered, it’s astonishing how well this movie predicted the future. Now that he’s here, maybe we should ask Marty how he thinks 2045 will be?

What was your favorite part of the Back to the Future Trilogy? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. If you haven't you should check out Jimmy Kimmel Live as both Marty and Doc Brown cruised back into 2015 to great effect.

  2. We did see that! Such a great moment.

    Thank you for commenting :D