8 Things Back To The Future Part II Predicted Correctly

I believe it’s fairly safe to say that the Back To The Future trilogy holds a special place in every geek’s heart. In Part II, Doc and Marty travelled forward in time to the year 2015 and the filmmakers made several bold futuristic predictions. With just over two years before October 2015, let’s see what the film predicted correctly.

Death of the LaserDisc and Compact Discs

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Motion-control replaces physical game controllers

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Portable tablet computers

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Keyless entry

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Personal video glasses

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Computers are everywhere

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Large, flat panel displays

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Video conferencing replaces telephones

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Stan

Marty swiped an ID card or credit card from home to pay Needles. Not sure if that was available back then.

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Brayan Habid

It was really hard to find a place to do a credit card payment in 1985. The closest to the movie is Google wallet and other similar smartphone apps

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Ned

These “predictions” are worthy of an article? Seriously, Captain Kirk was video-conferencing nearly 50 years ago. I could go through and find much earlier examples of every single one of these “predictions”.

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Jordan W

why don’t you?

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mango wodzak

yes, but captain kirk wasn’t doing so until the 23rd century! :)

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Chubonga

Don’t forget about the Miami Marlins!

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Saikat Basu

With the way we are going, the time machine will be the only thing that will remain “un-invented”. But then who knows :) This post really brought back memories, never thought that we would get to see and play with those gadgets even before we turn really old!

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Sarath

Prolly, tech companies are watching them in order to start innovating & making it alive !

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Krzysztof B

Imagine our kids watching this film. For them it will be a normal thing, that there are all this things. For us, when the film was released, all those things were futuristic and unbelievable.

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jkendal

Death of the LaserDisc? Absolutely. Death of Compact Discs? Not yet. I just bought one a couple of weeks ago on Amazon.

Thanks for the jump back to the past… er… future… whatever….

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Ellen O

Well, yes, but it’s not 2015 yet! I do wonder how popular cds will be in another couple of years; my kids (10 and 12) already tend to prefer having mp3s than physical cds. And our new car (okay our new used car – grin) even has a USB port! So for our last road trip, instead of burning a bunch of cds to play (and hopefully shut up the chorus of “are we there yet” from the back seat!), I just loaded a ton of music and audio books onto a flash drive and plugged it in.

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Daniel J. K

Hill Valley Courthouse Mall (photo 3)? Lots of smaller towns these days are converting their older government buildings for commercial use.

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Devin L

What a coincidence

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Anonymous

There were some other odd things it predicted (at least indirectly) that kind of impress me. Off the top of my head:
-3D technology returning as a more impressive, more expensive gimic
-Florida has a baseball team
-obscene inflation (though I still don’t need to pay $50 for a Pepsi, yet)
-Local Newspapers being bought up by large national brands (How else does some local robbery make it on the cover of USA Today?)
-’80s nostalgia that forgets the bad things that happened
-Vehicles that hover (yes, they’re trains and not that common, but this was 26 years ago)