The future has arrived.
Today is October 21, 2015, the day Doc Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer Parker traveled to the future in their DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future II. Back in the day, my friends and I would spend afternoons debating the physics of hoverboards, the potential of personal cold fusion power, and the fantasy of flying cars. I know I was convinced the hoverboards in the movie were real, but weren’t being sold because of Consumer Products Safety Commission concerns (unfortunately, that wasn’t true).
Now that we have arrived in the future envisioned in 1989, it begs the question – what have we achieved in 30 years?
Thankfully, we aren’t the only ones asking this question. In fact, dozens of respected publications have published exhaustive lists, so let’s take a look at a few highlights culled from places like Scientific American, the BBC, and our own crack research team (thank you, Marissa our intern). Continue Reading »