Teenagers who saw the original released in 1985 had become young adults by the time the second hit movie screens in 1989. Nevertheless, audiences were no less wowed by the film's vision of the future. And, now over 25 years later the forecasts made for 2015 have proved more accurate than we might ever have dared imagine!
Eight of the predictions have come true while three others were way off the mark. The eight that have been realised are:
Hoverboards - while not quite able to fly over water like Marty's, Japanese car company Lexus recently unveiled a prototype for a genuinely 'rideable' hoverboard. A Californian company is also working on its own version.
Wearable Technology - Marty's future kids were seen wearing headsets at the dinner table to make and receive calls and to watch TV. With the 2013 introduction of Google Glass and Oculus Rift being developed - gaming headsets - and also Microsoft's recent announcement of Hololens bearing more than a passing resemblance to Junior's goggles, Marty's vision of the future wasn't too far off!
Video Calls - FaceTime and Skype are now seen as part of everyday life. Marty's video call with his co-worker Needles in Back to the Future II seemed like a vision of the future too far. Video calls, therefore were a very accurate prediction.
Hands-free gaming - Kids at Cafe 80s mock Marty for having to use his hands to play an arcade game. The implication being that gaming in 2015 would be in the style of Xbox Kinect. It is!
Tablet Computers - There is a scene in the movie where Doc meets Marty at the Clocktower. In the scene there is, what appears to be a hand-held computer very much like an iPad tablet computer. As we know, tablets are becoming increasingly common and are used in all manner of circumstances, both at work and at home.
Self-tying shoes - Marty's self-tying trainers were less likely to be a part of our modern society. Not so fast! Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield has confirmed he and his team are working on a version of self-tying laced shoes, which it is hoped will be available to consumers by the end of 2015.
Robot car fuelling - This is another of the predictions that seemed less likely to make it in to 2015. However, a robot snake-like 'thing' for the recharging of electric cars was recently unveiled by Tesla.
Fingerprint recognition - many who use smartphones will know that fingerprint recognition is operational for unlocking their phones or to pay for items. Once again, the movie's prediction has come true.
There are, however, the three predictions I mentioned that were way off course. Flying Cars being one, Power Clothing being another. Fax machines were heavily predicted too, imagining that they would be all over the place by 2015. They have, as we know, thankfully been rather superseded.
But what of our predictions, and in particular the predictions we have for our business or charitable organisation? Are we willing to be as bold and ambitious when it comes to the vision we have for the future? What will we see of our own handiwork and achievements in 25 years time? Shall we make a date to share and report back?