Looking back at ‘Back to the Future Day’, and my own predictions for the future

[Originally written May 26, 2016 , so it’s not timely by any means.]

Catherine Shoard offers an interesting look back to the future at the movie “Back To The Future II.” How much of its future predictions did it get right or wrong? It’s a mixed bag, but some of the things have come to pass. Some things apparently weren’t predicted in the movie, like the internet. I don’t want to steal Shoard’s thunder, so I am prepared to let her article speak for itself and make some of my own predictions for the future, based partly on what appears in the movie. Let’s say my predictions are for 2026, or maybe 2036, okay?

Some of these may be nonsense, but here goes:

I predict a certain degree of backlash against automation, once people realize how little control and privacy they actually have over their technology. I predict it will be even harder to get away with crimes, due to ever increasing emphasis on forensic science. At the same time, I think the criminal justice system will become more privatized and, with the right amount of money, you’ll be able to pay a forensic science team to omit such evidence.   Maybe a different team would even come in and conceal evidence before a crime is even committed (it would be a black market thing still, most likely, and it may sound far fetched — but it’s an interesting premise, so I typed it).

As global warming increases, I expect more relaxed attitudes about nudity, for better or worse. America might not be able to handle it as well as Europe, but it could happen because it will almost need to happen if the activist’s and scientists’s claims are right and heat becomes more dramatic. Similarly, I think the world’s water crisis will become more apparent.  As a result, people will move more towards the Great Lakes states (including the puny little Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I live).

Due to the already proven growth of extreme weather phenomena, I predict a lot more weather resistant homes, even here in the US with its crumbling, bumbling, fumbling infrastructure. There may a ridiculous increase in extreme weather thrill seeking, like tornado chasing, hurricane force wind riding and flash flood boating.

The human eye will probably not only receive more medical advances, but may even become an object of techmological enhancement itself. That’s right: I’m predicting we’ll have technologically enhanced vision beyond eyeglasses. We’ll have goddamn implants of some kind in our eyes, so we can think we’re cool like The Terminator. We won’t be as cool, but we can’t be blamed for trying.

Like the movie (and the article) predicts, we’ll possibly see more flying cars, but only if they are automated, and permission to use them will likely be restricted to public transportation or those with advanced private licenses (operating a flying machine will be more complicated by its very nature, therefore restricted).

Although video games are commonly accepted and enjoyed now, I predict a Joe Leiberman style movement against them on behalf of would-be moral guardians. They will surely never be banned outright, but there will always be attempts to regulate them.

Well, that’s enough. You get the idea.


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