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Back To The Future Day Predictions

October 21, 2015 – the day Marty, Doc, and Jennifer take the Delorean to the future in 1989’s “Back to the Future 2”.

Many focus on the things we don’t have that they predicted in the film.  Everyone’s not flying around on hoverboards, cars still don’t zip by above your head, and the self-lacing shoes aren’t flying off the shelves.

Many focus on the things we do have that BTFF2 amazingly predicted.  Smart glasses (Google Glass!), flat screen TVs (they still weighed about 100 pounds back then), tablet computers, video conferencing, facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, online banking, motion controlled video games (Kinect), and drones.  That’s pretty impressive.

If you really sit down and think about it, the last 26 years has seen some pretty amazing inventions – and this millennium has been an age of rapid-fire innovation.

In 1989, we listened to music on vinyl, cassettes, or CD (Remember the discman?) Today mp3 is our media of choice, and we can even listen on our phone.

Although the internet has its origins in the 1960s, mass consumption didn’t start occurring until the 90’s.  With dial-up!!  Today you can record and produce a video on your phone and upload it for the world to see in minutes.

I mentioned video conferencing was a thought in 1989, but who was able to forsee being able to video call anyone around the world – for free?? Do you remember what telephone bills were like in 1989? Skype was a total game changer.

The cloud will prove to be the game changer of this decade one of the most important advancements of the century.  The ability to store massive amounts of data off your device and into a non-physical database is a remarkable one.

Who listens to traffic reports?  What’s the point when Google Maps tells me alternate routes to the second, while I’m driving??  Google took GPS and customized it on a different level.

We can only imagine what the next decade will bring – and it will only become more imperative to invest in training to stay ahead of the curve.  That’s heavy – and it has nothing to do with the Earth’s gravitational pull.

 

 

 

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