October 21, 2015, is the date Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. He encounters a number of different technologies that were strange to his 1985 brain, but are common to us … 30 years later. The movie’s creators made a lot of predictions about the future of technology and they came amazingly close in a number of cases.
In honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary, here’s a look at some of those predictions that have come true.
Voice-command television. When Marty’s son arrives home in the future, he walks into the living room and tells the TV to open a number of different channels for him to watch. Anyone familiar with Kinect for Xbox knows Marty’s experience is almost exactly like what’s possible now. Voice-controlled remotes also provide similar capabilities.