Today marks an epic milestone in American pop culture—one that merges technology, science fiction, and plutonium.

It’s Back to the Future Day!

On this day 30 years ago, in Back to the Future II,  Marty McFly journeyed to the future in a DeLorean retrofitted into a time machine by mad scientist Doc Brown. Marty traveled through time to a distant date in the future – October 21, 2015.

Once there, he encounters the bewildering reality of the technology advancements of the previous three decades. Remarkably, some of these predicted tech advancements were very accurate:

  • flat-screen TVs
  • video conferencing technology
  • the ubiquity of cameras
  • biometric identification
  • 3D
  • drones
  • tablets

However, the movie also exaggerated some tech (and societal) innovations. As far as we know, there are no:

  • flying cars
  • self-lacing shoes
  • drones that can walk your dog

There were also some futuristic tech predictions in Back to the Future II that the filmmakers got WAY wrong. For example:  

  • every room in the 2015 McFly house has a fax machine
  • phone booths still exist
  • mobile phones are nowhere to be found
  • paying with a thumbprint
  • lawyers are abolished

Read more about what Back to the Future II got right and wrong here and here, and let us know in the comments below which Back to the Future tech you wish existed today!