Some movies are actually better at predicting the future than real psychics are. If you the need the proof, just take a look at films like Star Trek, which foresaw the use of cell phones and smart watches, or The Terminator, which showed us military drones way before they became a reality. Even Disney Channel Original Movie, Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century predicted FaceTime and portable video chatting (though it did get some other things wrong).
However, while many films have anticipated future events with scary accuracy, others were way off with their theories. For instance, we're nowhere near having life on other planets, colonizing the moon, or using time travel. But considering the technological and scientific breakthroughs that have happened in recent years, quite a few of these things could actually occur in the future!
For now, though, all the predictions on this list are still considered the stuff of the future. See which movie predictions turned out to be wrong.
Contrary to what we saw in Back to the Future, we have yet to see people floating around on hoverboards. But in 2014, people were almost fooled after Tony Hawk and Christopher Lloyd showed off what appeared to be a "real-life" hoverboard created by HUVr Corp. The company claimed to be developing their own models, but eventually, this was revealed as a hoax. That viral, jaw-dropping footage of their "floating" board was only a result of impressive camera tricks. As of now, flying skateboards still don't exist.
If you can recall, Cafe 80s had exercise bikes so people could burn extra calories while they ate. However, we get the feeling that most people would now reject this idea. These days, if you walk into any diner, your chances of seeing any exercise equipment would be slim-to-none (unless they belonged to a customer). And besides, what person actually wants to exercise while they're trying to eat? It just seems unnecessary.
By 2015, it was predicted that mailboxes would come attached with digital fax machines. Those fancy "Pac-Fax" mailboxes looked so cool in Hill's Valley! But of course, this never happened in real life. Still, the movie kind of had the right idea, because these days, we use email if we want to send something immediately. It could've been more accurate if computers were attached instead of fax machines, but come to think of it, that probably would've been counterproductive.
According to the sci-fi action film, time-travel not only exists by 2004, but it's also quite common. This is why the Time Enforcement Commission (or TEC) is established in order to police the use of time travel. And the main character, Max Walker, works as an agent for TEC, fighting time-travel crime. However, it's been more than a decade since 2004 and we're nowhere near having the ability to time travel. Such a bummer.
In the film, it's suggested that there will be a moonbase by 2001. It probably seemed like ample time was given to achieve this goal (the film was released in 1968), but still, no base has been built on the moon.
It's also worth noting that there's nothing quite like HAL 9000 in the real world. Although technically, there are creepy humanoid robots that exist, none of them compare to the film's human computer, who was pretty self-aware and had an actual personality. Perhaps it's best to not try and make this a reality because things could definitely go haywire.
While Demolition Man definitely made some accurate depictions about the future, they still slipped up on a few things. One that stood out was the fact that Taco Bell, of all places, would be the last food franchise standing. If it were a chain like Popeyes, Wendy's, or Burger King, it would've been a bit more believable. But either way, we highly doubt that there will be "Franchise Wars," resulting in every single restaurant being turned into the same thing. To be honest, being robbed of the opportunity to choose from different options sounds like a total nightmare.
That giant state, according to the film, would be called "San Angeles." Set in 2032, San Angeles replaced a destroyed Los Angeles and stretched from San Diego all the way to Santa Barbara. The newfound state also established a police force known as the San Angeles Police Department (SAPD), and it became the home of the fictional "Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Museum." Though earthquakes definitely happened in real life, thankfully, none were big enough to destroy entire states or combine them.
The makers of the 1982 film predicted that there would be flying cars (along with super attractive human robots with feelings and emotions) in 2019. You're probably thinking "Well actually, AeroMobil already invented flying cars," which is true. But those creations are still fairly new and they won't be out for delivery until the year 2020. That means that technically, Blade Runner was only a year off. But still, we highly doubt that flying cars will become a common form of transportation by then.
If you're familiar with the ancient Maya calendar, then you know that their prediction for the end of the world was 2012. This sci-fi film decided to play the theory out in 2009, where world leaders worked on a project to save humanity after learning about a huge solar flare heating Earth's core. Over six years have passed since 2012 and fortunately, none of this actually happened. But many still believe that a global disaster is imminent and some have gone as far as making new predictions. Since most of them were proven false, we have our doubts.
The film suggested that Judgment Day would occur on August 4, 1997. Nuclear missiles were expected to be fired by Skynet's forces, which would ultimately lead to humanity's destruction. But luckily for all of us, the real world didn't have to deal with evil technology seeking to kill everyone. We certainly wouldn't mind having Arnold as a real-life Terminator, though.
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Most people would agree that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines failed to live up to the previous movies, but according to this installment, the original Judgment Day was postponed to 2004. Since the 1997 disaster never took place, Skynet sent a new Terminator model, T-X, to destroy the Human Resistance before proceeding with its plans to fire nuclear missiles around the world. We were lucky enough to avoid this catastrophe, too.
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According to the movie, a 400% rise in crime would result in New York's Manhattan being turned into a maximum security prison for all criminals. This would all take place in 1988, as the world is emerging from World War III. Here in 2018, though, Manhattan is still a bustling city and tourist-magnet, and no other world wars have followed the second. Also, though there has been a terrifying rise in gun violence in the U.S. alone, unlike the movie, there hasn't been a significant rise in crime around the globe.
Could you imagine living in a world where corporate entities replace countries? Well, according to the 1975 film, this was predicted to happen in the year that we're living in right now. Having people own parts of corporations that they belong to seems like an intriguing idea, but it's far-fetched and the chances of this happening in their timeline are pretty slim (especially since 2018 is almost over). Also, we highly doubt that society will be stuck with violent games of "Rollerball" for sports entertainment.
Zenon got FaceTiming right, but sadly, there is no life beyond our planet (that we know of), let alone an Earth-orbiting space station that's populated with hundreds of regular Joes. That said, the Mars One project, where volunteers signed up to actually go to Mars, seems like a small step in that direction. According to the website, the goal is to establish a "permanent human settlement on Mars" because it's the only known planet that can feasibly support human life. The first group is expected to journey to Mars in 2031.
It's no floating space station with advanced tech, and these volunteers aren't actually expected to live on the planet like we saw with Zenon in space. But it feels like the movie might have been onto something.
See that tiny disc that Zenon's wearing as an earring in this pic? Well, in the movie, it was a memory disc like this one that nearly destroyed the space station because of a virus that was on it. The writers technically got it wrong because almost no one uses discs these days, and they were never ever made so tiny. But still, they were sort of on the right track because now we use portable flash drives or tiny USBs. They're actually ten times easier to use, and sure enough, they're capable of spreading viruses.
We absolutely loved seeing the neon colored leggings, fitted vests, bedazzled jewelry, and cool hair slinkies. But as much as we adored these unique styles, they all looked like items that you'd see on models in a fashion show. It's now 2018, and in real life, people don't have the luxury of looking this glammed-up when they travel to space. If you take a look at the space outfits from NASA, you'll notice that those baggy white suits are almost the opposite of what you're seeing in this pic.