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10 things I Learned About the Future by Watching Back to the Future II

I always find it interesting to compare pop-culture's predictions of the future to the way things actually are. Most of the time I pretty much feel like David Byrne of the Talking Heads in their classic "Once In A Lifetime:" "You may ask yourself, how do I work this?/ You may ask yourself, where is that large automobile?/ You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house/ You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife."

I think Byrne raised more questions about the future than he gave answers by getting all existential on us, which I guess you can do when you're just making your way through a song. It must be hard to be vague when depicting the future on film though, because there always seems to be one of two predictions: bleak (Blade Runner, I Am Legend, The Book of Eli) or happy (Back to the Future II, Meet the Robinsons). I, being an optimist, would like the future to be a lot more like what you see in Back to the Future II.

In the film, one of the greatest scenes is when they go to the year 2015. They show all these things that will be possible. Interesting thing is that some of these things have already been made possible.

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Christina Lynn
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