My oldest went to school wearing two ties.
My 3rd grader decided to have her school birthday today.
And my 2-year-old is “thirsty to the future!”
October 21, 2015
Yep, it’s that date we nerdy Back to the Future fans have been waiting for… for thirty years.
There are several articles about the movie. Twitter is trending #BTTF and #FutureisNow Where are the actors now? What predictions were correct? We don’t have flying cars and hoverboards, but we do have flat screen TVs (that take up a wall) Skype and Google Glass, etc. etc. etc.
My hubby has an interesting theory about that. He thinks that some of the predictions came true not just through the natural course of technology, but because of the movies that showed what the future could be.
Companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have teams of thinkers who would have enjoyed Back to the Future and other such movies. They probably thought, “That’d be so cool! I wonder if we could make that?”
Which of course was the main message of the trilogy: “It means the future hasn’t been written yet… The future is whatever you make it; so make it a good one.”
Today's Futuristic Predictions
The first Back to the Future movie came out Summer of 1985. Thirty years later Disney released Tomorrowland with its own predictions of the future. Interestingly, Today’s futuristic movie has a similar message: “If you dream it, you can do it.”
Writers of Tomorrowland learned from the Sci-fi of yesteryear. Rather than choose a specific date (which ultimately dates the film), they thought up a countdown clock, a timeline that counts down instead of up. So the “dooms day” could be in thirty years or thirty centuries. And we all have the power to reset the clock.
Recreating our Reality
Last Saturday, we re-watched Back to the Future I and my 10-year-old loved the scene where Marty uses an ‘mp3 player’ to convince his dad that he’s an alien from outer space. I laughed. “That’s not an mp3 player,” but it gave me another theory about those predictions.
Some of the predictions helped create reality, and some of our reality is being construed to fit the prediction. For example, we don’t have self-adjusting clothes, but I am so grateful to whoever invented adjustable waists in pants (it’s just a button and elastic, but still – genius!)
We don’t have smart houses wired to the hilt (yet), but we do have smart cars that practically drive themselves and voice activated Siri and Cortana who “learn” about us and make our life easier. We don’t have drones walking dogs, but we do have drones doing our dirty work.
All these things… did we invent them because of the movie, or are we looking at what we have and saying, “Well, close enough.”?
Celebrating Back to the Future Day... 80's style
I have glow sticks and “hoverboards” (to play air hockey with). I bought the soundtrack (mp3 version) and already have the trilogy (from the 90's, but you can get the awesome 30th anniversary with all that bonus content). Oh! I think I'm out of popcorn... I've got to go to that large consumer goods facility and use my plastic currency to get some.
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