The future of Back to the Future is now




When Marty McFly, played by a 27-year-old Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part II traveled to a distant future, using the modified DeLorean with Doc Brown, he came out in America on 21 October 2015. This is today’s date.

The film from 1989 took place in 1985. The leap into the future so covered 30 years. Although several parts of the vision of the distant future of the film more or less proved accurate, is not all completely true. Apart from a very limited functionality maglev hoverboard Marty McFly is his Mattel hoverboard example still a dream, to the great regret of all. In 2014, the technology seemed momentarily reality, but it turned out to be a hoax where even Christopher Lloyd, the actor who plays Doc Brown had worked on.
McFly will be taken in the future to change the fate of his son. However, the main character finds it difficult to concentrate on his goal when he is surrounded by all sorts of science fiction-like technology. Yet his eye is pretty fast on an arcade version of the NES game Wild Gunman. One that still uses an old-fashioned lightgun. McFly thinks he can make nice impression on two onlooking boys by promptly putting a high score down. The two are not impressed: “You have to use your hands That’s for little kids?”

Although it remains unclear how exactly are adult games operated in the 2015 BttF2, come true technologies pretty close. Kinect accessory for the Xbox example retrieves the need for a controller away and takes its input from the gestures and speech of the user. In addition, the Australian Emotiv one step further with a headset that translates the brain activity of the wearer to commands. However, an application in the gaming headset at present.

Although autonomous car programs like Google are an interesting development, the true science fiction fan gets of course the flying variety. The reality is following the example of the hoverboard and disappointing. Terrafugia is an American company working on flying cars. Their latest design, the TF-X, promises to have all vtol capabilities, but seems not remotely on the flying DeLorean DMC-12 from the film. To our knowledge the TF-X can not travel through time. The DeLorean are also provided less than 10,000 made ​​before the manufacturer went bankrupt in 1982, which makes cars nowadays a nice collector’s items.

“It is unfortunate that the post office is not as efficient as the weather service,” exclaims Doc out moments after they arrive in the future. To the second precisely because he knew when it was going to keep raining. It is not clear whether humanity has learned in the film in 2015 how to manipulate the weather completely or that the forecasts are just so accurate.

Anyway, the reality is a little bit close. Services such as the Phone Book, introduced in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2006, knowing the timing of rain today too nice predict, but unfortunately not up to the second exactly as in the movie. And as for weather influence, there is the possibility to put in via missile, aircraft or motor sputtering substances such as silver iodide in clouds to arouse as precipitation. The technique is primarily used to prevent hailstones fall on agricultural areas and damage crops. The method is cloud seeding called and basically it was discovered in 1946.

Doc his sneer at the post may not be in place in reality. If at Amazon, DHL and Google is, we see our packages are delivered in the very near future by specially designed drones. By largely eliminating the human factor, the delivery can potentially be a lot more efficient than it is today.


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