I had a thought while getting ready for work this morning — we’re only four years from the events chronicled in the 1990 documentary Back To The Future: Part II. Yet as I look around, I see no hoverboards. Goldie Wilson III is not offering to hover-convert my old road car for only $39,999.95. I feel shocked and lied to.
Not really, of course. I’m not expecting movies to get it right and tell us what the world is going to be like 25 years from now — they always do try, and they get it wrong more often than they get it right. You can throw out titles that got it extremely wrong: Escape from New York (as there isn’t a penal colony there yet), the original Star Trek (unless I slept through the Eugenics Wars that ended in 1996), Strange Days (though this one wasn’t too far off — oh, wait, yes it was). But sometimes, it’s more fun to look at what they got right.
Back to Back to the Future. Remember the jacket that Doc gives Marty? That’s not too far off from reality. Smart clothing has been something that’s been in the pipe for years now — I wouldn’t be surprised to see a jacket that automatically fits and dries itself (plus monitors the wearer’s vitals) on the market in four years. Hell, we might even have clothes that make you stronger.
What’s your favorite missed prediction from a sci-fi-type movie or story? And what’s the one you think might just happen?