Back to the Future today: what the film got right about 2015

Back to the Future
Back to the Future

From hoverboards to smart-glasses, what was accurately predicted when Back to the Future’s Marty McFly famously landed his time machine in 2015?

21 October 2015 marks ‘Back to the Future Day’, the date Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doctor ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) landed in the future from the 1980s time-travel film sequel.

In 1989’s Back to the Future Part II sequel to the original 1985 sci-fi comedy classic, time travellers Marty and Doc go forward from to a futuristic 2015.

The exact time that Marty travels in Doc’s flying DeLorean into the future is 4.29pm on 21 October 2015.

Film fans around the world will mark the event which has become known as Back to the Future Day.

But what did Back to the Future get right about ‘the future’?:


Wearable computing

Handheld tablet computers

Voice controlled computing

Drone filming news footage

Wall-mounted widescreen TVs

Video conferencing

Mobile credit card reader

Motion-sensing games controllers

The return of 3D to films

And the characters being consumed with personal electronics...

Just don’t mention fax machines being the preferred form of communication or double ties.

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