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What ‘Back to the Future II’ Got Right About 2015

Happy Back to the Future day, folks!

In case you didn’t know, October 21, 2015 marks the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to, well, today in Back to the Future Part II. 

While Robert Zemeckis‘ vision of what 2015 would be is strikingly different from the reality that we are living now, BTTF Part II did manage to hit the nail on the head with a few of it’s outlandish predictions, and honestly, some of the technology we have today may only be here because of BTTF Part II.

So without further adieu, here’s a short list of the technology in BTTF that ended up being pretty spot on:

Fingerprint Scanning

One of the most spot on predictions in BTTF Part II was the notion that everything could be unlocked with your fingerprint. In the film, Jennifer (Marty’s girlfriend/future wife) is able to unlock her house with just her fingerprint, even though it technically belongs to the her 30 years in the future.

Today you can do just that, and more. We have fingerprint scanners built into our cell phones for crying out loud.

Wearable Technology

What human alive didn’t want a pair of those super sweet self lacing Nikes? Well, luckily for all of us Nike has actually begun producing them! We still won’t have them on our feet for quite a while, but just knowing that we will be getting them is enough for now.

The same can’t be said for another piece of technology made famous by BTTF, the self drying, self fitting jacket.

..Honestly, I don’t think we’re ready for that one quite yet (but our kids are gonna love it).

Video Calling

With Skype, Facetime, Facebook video and more, video calling is totally a thing in 2015! I’m pretty sure people get fired over it, as well.. sorry.

Virtual Reality

Remember that scene in BTTF Part II where Marty’s kids are all sitting around the dinner table using their headsets to watch TV and answer the phone? Well with Google Glass and virtual reality headsets currently in production, it’s pretty clear that the future is in fact here.


From walking the dog to producing a newscast, drones did absolutely everything in BTTF Part II. And while we do have them in our version of 2015, they aren’t utilized like they were in the film…at least not yet.

Drones are used more in military operations, but some civilians do use them as a hobby, and retail giant Amazon has even considered employing drones to deliver packages.

Honorable Mention: Flying Cars

“Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

One of the most iconic lines in the entire Back to the Future trilogy is simply just a huge lie. Roads (some of which haven’t even been paved SINCE the mid 1980’s) are more important than ever, and we aren’t even close to having FAA regulated flying cars on the road, or, er, sky.

But in 2015 we technically do have flying cars, they just aren’t being mass produced.

Ladies and gents, meet the AeroMobil:

The AeroMobil first went into concept stage in 1989, which just so happens to be the year that Back to the Future Part II was released. Coincidence? Probably not.

So if 10 years down the road we have these bad boys on the street (and skies), you’ll know who to really thank.

What piece of technology from Back to the Future II do you wish we had in the real 2015? Let us know in the comments below!

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