So, today, NASA announced that they will hold a press conference on Thursday in regards to "astrobiology". While some are speculating that this means we've found little green men on Uranus (I'm looking at you Glenn Beck), others are keeping level heads. Like Carolyn Parkhurst (follow her!). Today she tweeted, "I'm excited about this NASA announcement on Thursday. Do you think we're finally getting flying cars?"
To which I replied, "We should in order to meet the 2015 deadline for hover conversion as postulated by Back to the Future II."
This got me to thinking, again, about how we're living in the future and it's all awesome and stuff. But, think about some of the movies and television shows we watched as kids...are we living in the 21st Century Zemekis and Spielberg predicted? Sure, I was promised a hoverboard and flying cars, but aside from that, we're eerily close to some of McFly's future.
For your consideration: The Back to the Future 2 Protocols.
1. "You have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy!"
|Look, kids! It's Frodo Baggins!|
2. "Shark still looks fake."
|I wonder if it was a James Cameron flick...?|
3. "Power laces, alright!"
|The look on his face says it all.|
4. "Read my fax!"
|How's it hanging, McFly?|
- Face-to-Face video phone. Plausible. Look at the new iPhone and others of its ilk. They're all advertising the "facetime" capabilities. Hell, the way McFly has his TV set up to accept calls? It's like he's got Skype and a webcam routed through.
- "What if the Jits is monitoring?" - Marty is worried that his boss is able to see his transactions and conversations even though this is clearly a personal call. Patriot Act and wire tapping anyone?
- "Hydrate Level 4 Please." So, unlike the future in Demolition Man when all restaurants become Taco Bell (now that is dystopian!), Pizza Hut still exists. And, with the help of Black and Decker, you can carry a pizza around in a baggy then just hydrate it to steaming perfection. Who needs delivery?
- Hydroponic Plant Chandelier. Same scene, more food. A chandelier provides a seemingly endless supply of fresh fruit right over your dinner table. While we don't have the chandelier part yet, DIY kitchen gardens for herbs are everywhere.
- Thumb-print identification. We've started going there, but seriously, I have to wonder why security companies haven't jumped on this one yet. No more door knobs. Just press your thumb to the plate and if you live there, you get in. Plain and simple.
Really, though, I am glad that people aren't wearing two neck-ties. *Shudder* Fashion don't.
There are a few things about the 2015 we see in Marty's world that bother me. The kids are sitting at the dinner table plugged into their little sunglasses-goggles-phone-television things. Oh, wait, we've already got that with cell phones. (Seriously, unplug, said the blogger!) Rejuvenation clinics with complete changes of blood, face lifts etc...oh, yeah, we have those (of a sort). Those flying cars still use fossil fuels even though Doc Brown has a Mr. Fusion? Kinda confused on that one.
Other than the obvious of flying cars and hoverboards, is there anything in the movie-future that you want to see? Personally, I dig on the Mr. Fusion. I'd love to be able to just throw all of my trash into a bin and use it to power my car.
Kinda crazy that an 80s sci-fi flick got so many things right. (And we still have 5 years to go!)
Carolyn Parkhurst says we need to get cracking. If we fall behind, we'll never rescue Doc Brown from "Mad Dog" Tannen back in 1885!
I have only one thing to say to that. GREAT SCOTT!!