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The internet is going berserk (and so are we) -- because Back to the Future day is finally here! Yes, for all you fans, you have probably been in countdown mode for... erm... 26 years?
In the 1989 “Back to the Future, Part II” film, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) and Dr Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) appear with a flash in their DeLorean time machine from 30 years in the past.
It was predicted that on 21 October 2015 (yes, today), there’d be a slew of insane new tech products. Some of which actually exists today.
We may not have any flying cars (yet), but here are 5 Back to the Future predictions which actually came true!
During the film, there was a scene that quickly flashed what looked like a flat, wireless electronic device, and Terry asks Marty to electronically donate $100 to save the town’s historic clock tower.
Surpassing all things the screenwriter could imagine at that time, mobile technology has met and even surpassed the devices in the movie today.
The predictions made by the film for the use of wireless devices for payment is spot on -- smartphone apps like Venmo, Apple Pay, and Google Wallet make cash exchange electronically a breeze.
In the movie, fingerprint recognition was mainly used throughout. However, one important scene which reflects this reality was when Jennifer, Marty’s girlfriend uses her fingerprint to open the door to her house in 2015.
Today, fingerprints and other biometric measures are used to unlock identifications. You can now unlock the iPhone, unlock the door to your home and check your bank account such as iBanking and mBanking.
And then there was a video phone call scene which depicted Marty’s future self getting fired through a video phone call in Back to the Future II.
This call not only prophesied video chat applications such as FaceTime and Skype but even of Facebook -- where an individual’s personal details like birthday, interests, can all be shared within seconds electronically.
They’re shown everywhere in the film. Drones are used to capture images for news organisations and walk the dog.
Although we still walk our dogs the normal way, the former has indeed transformed into a reality.
A famous scene took place in the nostalgic Cafe ‘80s, and two young boys were surprised to see Marty play an arcade game. One says, “You mean you have to use your hands?” “That’s like a baby’s toy!” the other scoffs.
Five years ago, Microsoft launched Xbox Kinect allowing gamers to control onscreen actions using voice and gestures. Also almost all the game consoles today may have remotes but do not require wires to connect them to the console anymore. Amazing!
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