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Oct 21, 2015 is the day that Marty McFly traveled to in the film "Back to the Future Part II". Trace is joined by Norm Chan from Tested to take a look at what the tech in their version of "today", what it got right, and what it got wrong.
When Marty gets fired by Mr. Fujistu, it's done via video phone. We have lots of video-calling technologies today--FaceTime, Hangouts, Skype--but one big difference is the resolution. In the movie, it's done via their giant home TV screen which looked like it was powered by a rear-projection or CRT. Today, McFly would have gotten fired in high definition, at least minimum.
Another thing they almost got right was holograms. In the movie, Marty is nearly swallowed by a holographic shark as an advertisement for Jaws 19. And though we're not quite at a world of holograms, we're starting to see more and more VR, 3D, and augmented reality. Microsoft's HoloLens and the startup Magic Leap are working on augmented reality gear that will put virtual objects in the real world, in the same way that Marty would've seen that holographic shark.
One technology that fans of Hollywood's version of the future can't wait for--and consider a benchmark for how far we've come along--is, of course, the flying car. In the movie, Doc Brown outfits the DeLorean to fly in the skyways of 2015 Hill Valley, but it turns out that getting a car to fly is no simple technological task. Inventors have been experimenting with ideas like transforming gyrocopters, which can convert from a motorcycle-like road vehicle to a flying gyrocycle on the fly to avoid traffic jams. But so far they're still in the road test stage and far from zipping across the skies.
What else did the movie get right and get wrong? Check out the episode to find out. Otherwise, what tech were you hoping we would have by now that we don't? Let us know in the comments down below!
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