Back to the Future: A Glimpse into the Past and Present of Future Tech

by Ikem Emmanuel

Back to the Future is a classic sci-fi comedy film that was released in 1985. It tells the story of Marty McFly, a teenager who travels back in time to 1955 with the help of a DeLorean time machine invented by his friend Doc Brown. There, he meets his young parents and accidentally interferes with their romance, putting his own existence at risk. He must find a way to make them fall in love again and return to 1985 while avoiding his old enemies and the younger version of Doc Brown.

The film was created by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, who came up with the idea after Gale found his father’s high school yearbook and wondered if they would have been friends. They faced many rejections from studios who thought the film was not edgy enough for the 1980s audience until they got the support of Steven Spielberg and his production company Amblin Entertainment. The film was a huge success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1985 and receiving critical acclaim. It spawned two sequels, an animated series, a video game, a musical, and a cult following. It is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time and a masterpiece of the sci-fi genre

It’s incredible to see how the creators of “Back to the Future” envisioned the future in their film. Their imaginations led to some compelling predictions that are now becoming a reality. Let’s reminisce about their visionary take on the future and how it compares to our present reality.


Remember the iconic hoverboard that Marty used to escape Biff’s gang in 2015? Well, it turns out that we’re still waiting for those to become a reality. Despite various attempts involving magnets, fans, and jets, none have quite matched the performance and versatility of the movie version. While we don’t have hoverboards gliding around our streets, the dream remains alive.

Self-tying Shoes:

In the movie, Marty sports a pair of Nike shoes that magically lace themselves up. Remarkably, this futuristic concept is now a reality, thanks to Nike’s innovation in 2016. These self-tying shoes use sensors and motors to adjust the laces according to the wearer’s preference. So, when it comes to self-tying shoes, the future is already here!


Flying Cars:

Doc Brown’s modified DeLorean that soared through the skies and traveled through time remains the stuff of dreams. While flying cars are still not a common sight, there are companies and researchers actively working on them. The challenges they face include safety, regulation, cost, and the need for infrastructure. The day we can take to the skies in our own cars might be closer than we think.

Video Glasses:

In the movie, everyone rocked video glasses that could do it all, from taking photos to making calls and watching TV. These glasses bear a striking resemblance to the real technology of smart glasses or augmented reality glasses. Today, these glasses can project digital images onto the user’s field of vision, and they can handle various tasks like navigation, gaming, and communication.

Flying Cars and Hoverboards:

While we’re not zooming around in flying cars just yet, there’s a growing interest in flying car development. The concept is inching closer to reality, with prototypes and test flights becoming more common.

Video Conferencing and Biometric Scanners:

The movie foresaw large video calls and biometric security. These predictions have certainly come true, as we now conduct video conferences on a daily basis, and fingerprint or retina scanning is used for security in various applications.

3D Movies and Holograms:

Our movie experiences have indeed become more immersive, thanks to 3D technology. While we may not have interactive holograms attacking us from billboards, the entertainment industry has embraced 3D and holographic technologies.

Wearable Tech and Smart Clothing:

The movie hinted at clothing with advanced functions, and this has become a reality. We now have smartwatches, fitness trackers, and even clothing with embedded technology.

Virtual and Augmented Reality:

“Back to the Future” had its take on virtual and augmented reality through headsets and glasses. In our present, we’re seeing the rise of VR and AR technologies that allow us to explore different realities and environments.


The movie might not have been a crystal ball, but it was a delightful journey into the imagination of the late ’80s. It offered a glimpse of what the future could hold, and it’s intriguing to see how some of those dreams are now taking shape. As technology continues to advance, who knows what other futuristic visions might soon become a part of our everyday lives? The future is a realm of infinite possibilities, and “Back to the Future Part” was just the beginning of our journey.

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