There is no need to fire up the DeLorean to 1.21 gigawatts, the future is here. So why, today of all days, is everyone talking about a movie from 1989? Well, in the movie “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett L. Brown traveled to the future … all the way to October 21, 2015.
Back then, the future looked like a crazy place. The film showed us flying cars, fusion engines that ran on garbage, and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. Granted, some people are disappointed that those things didn’t yet come to be. However, whether your preferred companion for time travel is The Doc or The Doctor, you have to appreciate the advances that have come in the last 26 years with mobile technology.
This is an actual advertisement for one from 1989.
Wow! $799 for a phone that weights about eight pounds and has about 2.5 hours of talk time. Ignoring the fact that it isn’t even capable of taking pictures, you have to take into consideration the value of a dollar in 1989. When run through the US Inflation Calculator that price adjusts to $1,533.21 by the value of a dollar today. So what if we don’t have hoverboards, I’ll take my smart phone over the bag phone any day.
Even the futuristic Hill Valley couldn’t predict the advances we’d have today. In one scene, Marty Jr. can be seen using a pay phone to make a call. Thanks to the mobile phone, pay phones have become relics. According to the Pew Research Center, 91% of adult Americans own a cell phone. Not to mention, people were still relying on fax machines to deliver a message.
One of the predictions that was a only a little off was how people paid for goods and services. In the movie, people used their thumbprint to pay for things such as a taxi ride. In one scene, Future Marty uses a card scanner to pay for a transaction. While it’s no question that the latter transaction was dubious in nature, and led to Marty’s termination by fax machine, it was still quite the marvel. Yet the people of 2015 don’t need sophisticated equipment to pay for goods. We can make a quick payment using a phone. With our service you can even use a pay phone, provided you can find one.
The future truly is now. While some of the things Back to the Future II didn’t come to be, it’s great to appreciate what we do have in technological advancements today. This is especially true when it comes to mobile technology. We may not have 19 Jaws movies, but we do have 3 Sharknado films. Whether or not that’s actually better is just a matter of opinion.
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