Happy “Back to the Future” Day. In the film of the same name, Marty McFly and Doc Brown use a time-traveling DeLorean to fly from the year 1985 to Oct. 21, 2015. What they find is a world filled with a lot of the futuristic technologies that exist today: flat screen televisions, 3-D movies, drone cameras, tablet PCs, and thumbprint payments from mobile devices — just to name a few.
A quick search around the Internet and you’ll find several articles swooning over these movie props as predictions and a whole other group of people criticizing the swooners.
Here at DNews World Headquarters, we’re not going to call the props predictions and we’re not going to criticize the swooners. We liked the movie (the first one, better than the other two, if truth be told) and we love the future of technology.
Imagining a world that could be is a kind of optimism held by many of the innovators we feature on our site, and even though some of the technologies featured in the movie are not ubiquitous, the fact that folks are working on them is enough, no matter what the reason.
Here are five of our favorites.