Forget Hoverboards: Here's What Back to the Future Part II Got Right

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 9:00AM
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 9:00AM
Forget Hoverboards: Here's What Back to the Future Part II Got Right
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Today is the day at long last. After years of internet hoaxes, we have finally reached the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to in 1989's Back to the Future Part II: October 21, 2015. What once sounded like a crazy, futuristic date full of wonders is now just another day to us. And since the movie made a lot of bold predictions about what today would look like, we tend to focus on what the film got wrong by pointing out the things that don't exist yet (still waiting on that hoverboard). But maybe we're being a little too hard on Back to the Future Part II, because the movie actually got a good deal right about 2015. Don't believe us? Take a look at the list below and check out what a good prognosticator Marty McFly really was.

Flat Panel TVs

The TVs in Marty McFly's 2015 home look almost exactly like the TVs most of us watch today, and absolutely nothing like the clunkers that were available in the '80s.

Video Calling

Who among us today doesn't use Skype or Facetime? Nobody, that's who. Marty takes some video calls from work in his living room, which wouldn't appear out of the ordinary at all in 2015 (though we'd probably use a laptop or an iPad over our TV).

Fingerprint Scanners

Jennifer unlocks the door of her future home with her fingerprint, which is something you can do today. Of course in today's society, we also use our fingerprints to unlock something far more important than our homes: Our phones.

Voice Control

The 2015 McFly home utilizes voice control technology to do things like turn on the lights and watch TV, things that we are doing more and more often in 2015 thanks to technology like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Echo.


Marty and his sister both wear these Google glass-type contraptions at the dinner table, which allow them to view entertainment and take phone calls. The technology isn't exactly commonplace today, and you'd be a major glasshole for using it at the dinner table, but similar devices definitely exist and wearable tech is considered the next wave of computing.


Drones that look remarkably like the ones seen in the movie are everywhere these days, and at least one guy has used one to walk his dog just like the one Marty saw.

Hands-free Gaming

We don't actually see one played, but the two kids in the '80s Cafe insinuate that Marty's old arcade game is "for babies" because you have to use your hands to play it. We're guessing they had an X-box One with Kinect at home.

Chicago Cubs Win the World Series?

The Cubbies are currently in the NLCS, so it could happen. Let's just say if Back to the Future ends up getting this one right, it will be their most impressive prediction of all! Unfortunately, they're trailing 3-0 to the Mets (go Mets), so they're going to have to pull off a helluva comeback to make this one happen.

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