Today is Back to the Future Day… 21 October 2015.
The date in which Marty McFly heads to the future in the second instalment of the Back to the Future trilogy.
As a 70’s kid, I grew up with this movie with the original released in 1985. The sequel was in 1989 and the final film a year later in 1990, both of which were actually filmed at the same time.
This date has been a long time coming. Remember the fake images a few years ago back in 2010 and 2012 that were circulating the web and social media? Always important to know your meme.
Expect plenty of BTTF spoofs, mentions of 1.21 gigawatts and 88mph. A personal favourite of mine is Usain Bolt setting a world record by going back to the future at the Olympics.
Publishers are already pushing out comparisons of the tech gadgets featured in Back to the Future II, like the BBC’s ‘What did they get right and wrong?‘. It’s remarkable looking back at some of those scenes, the transformation to where we are today. We are living in a more connected and always-on environment than ever before.
Hollywood is filled to the brim of innovative technologies and what the future may look like. Think Demolition Man and driverless cars, tablets and video calling, and Total Recall with face recognition adverts on billboards and real-time digital newspapers.
Quite scary thinking how the future may turn out for future generations when you look at movies such as Disney’s Tomorrowland. Is the future really running out?
To quote Doc Brown in Back to the Future III,
“…your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one…”
Quite possibly one of the best motivational quotes in a movie. If you are a start-up, this has to get you fired up. Print that out, frame it and stick it on the wall.
So as we look to the future and hope of a world filled with Lexus’ amazingly cool hoverboards, we can now enjoy the 20 year countdown to 2035. This is the year that I, Robot was set. Robots everywhere!