For as long as I can remember, the future I imagined was set around one date – October 21st 2015.
This date is from the movie Back To The Future Part 2 where Marty McFly (Michael J.Fox) travels into the future of flying cars, self-lacing shoes and hoverboards. As a child the scenes of the future blew my tiny little mind and I wanted to be Marty McFly, the boy who rode a skateboard, played guitar and travelled in a DeLorean time machine.
They couldn’t predict the future but had a lot of fun trying. They got a few things right like the Skype-like video chat technology, voice controlled TVs or paying via your fingerprint like the tap and go options for services like Uber and Paywave we have now. Unfortunately we don’t have hydrated pizza ovens that cook pizzas in seconds, the abolishment of lawyers to speed up legal cases or sadly, flying cars. The most disappointing thing is that we don’t have widely accessible hoverboards, as that invention alone, is why today is being remembered.
Unfortunately the closest we have come to inventing the hoverboard has been a design by Lexus, that relies on magnets – or a metal track being buried into the ground.
“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…” – well, that’s one promise that didn’t work out.
The original Back To The Future is my favourite movie of all time but the 2015 scenes from Part 2 are my favourite part of the trilogy. I look forward to watching these movies with my kids and laughing at how I imagined 2015 would be. Hopefully they learn that their future has not been written yet, it is whatever they want it to be make it so to make it a good one.
I can’t believe we are now in the future.