I admit I like the Back To The Future movies. I remember seeing the trailer in the theater and saying “We’ve got to see that movie.” Growing up watching Star Trek and seeing the Time Machine, I’ve been fascinated with time travel so a big budget Hollywood movie was a must see.
In case you are not familiar with the franchise or just need a refresher, the first Back to the Future movie is about high school student Marty McFly traveling in a Delorian turned time machine back to 1955. He meets his parents as high school students and interferes with their first meeting. If Marty can’t get them to kiss at the high school dance, they won’t fall in love and he won’t be born. He has to get them to kiss and then get back to the Delorian at the precise time lighting will strike to power the flux capacitor, the thing that makes time travel possible, so he can go back to the year 1985. The movie took the viewer back to a simpler and wholesome time when America was at it’s peak and appeared to be the leader of the free world.
The sequel, Back to the Future II, Marty goes forward in time to 2015 in order to save his son from being arrested which starts a chain of events which brings the whole family down. Of course there are unforeseen consequences of time travel, and Doc Brown, the inventor of the time machine, says that he will destroy the Delorian once they return to 1985. Bob Gale, writer and producer of the franchise, apparently understands the concept of good intentions and unforeseen consequences in fiction but not in reality. (Although in the third movie, he back tracks and the message relayed is that time travel is OK if in the hands of the right people. See when Doc Brown arrives in the train turned time machine.)
All this leads to an interview with Bob Gale in USA Today titled “Back to the Future Writer Predicts the Next 30 Years.” First Bob Gale starts with the predictions he got right and wrong in the second movie. Let’s look at few and my take on them in parentheses:
- Robotic Fuel Station in the movie and Gale says these are being tested now in areas of the country. (Robotics in general are going to cause massive unemployment as artificial intelligence (AI) advances. And what other ways could robots be used against us?)
- Drones that could photograph news events. (Of course drones also spy on us, and can be armed to either taze or kill us. Drones just aren’t for overseas anymore.)
- Appliances that are voice and biometric (Why biometric? And who could hack that?) activated.
- Google glasses. (Again privacy issues and I’m sure could be used against enemies of the state, which more and more seemed to be defined as Christians and Libertarians.)
- Bob Gale said they missed the smartphone which he says is “the single most transformative device in the last 30 years. (Yes, but is that a good thing?)
- Gale was glad they were wrong about fax terminals being in every room of the house. (Yes, let’s not worry about losing jobs, AI,and everything about us being fed into database and the certain abuses of the that information. Let’s just be glad for the demise of the fax machine!)
- The justice system doesn’t work fast and we still have lawyers. (You need a lawyer and a jury to protect you from a tyrannical government. And apparently, Gale hasn’t heard of the Patriot Act. If you are classified as a terrorist, you can be killed or detained indefinitely without a trial. )
Now to his predictions for 30 years from now, 2045:
- Gale says in USA Today: “People will own fewer things. This is already happening as a function of cloud storage for media and the sharing economy.” (But make sure one of the few things you do own is a copy of the 30th Anniversary Back To The Future DVD. And don’t share it with anyone, because we might sue you! Guess he is glad that there are still lawyers.)
- There will be public self-driving cars and it will be easier to function without owning a car. (For the common man of course. It’s doubtful that Bob Gale will be around in 2045, but I’m sure it would be OK for the rich like himself to own cars.)
- Technology will allow people to work from home but there will be less jobs due to robotics. Since they will either be employed (poor) or work from home, there will be less need for cars. Gale says there will be less tax revenue from car sales and gasoline taxes so the government will have to find new ways to tax and “feed the beast”. (Well, at least he called it the beast. And did you notice the only thing he seemed to have a problem with so far was fax machines?)
- There will be virtual sex so the birth rate will decline but that’s a good thing according to Gale because there will be fewer jobs in the future. (Genesis 9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.)
- Pro-privacy endeavors will fail because all our information is out there to be hacked. Gale says “people won’t care because , as a defense mechanism, they’ll be less judgmental and have less shame.” ( “You have nothing to fear, if you have nothing to hide” – Nazi Joseph Goebbels. This type of thinking is used to take our freedoms voluntarily, then involuntarily.)
- Bob Gale said: “Cash will still exist because it will be necessary for bribery and other criminal activity.” (Here’s the brainwashing that’s been going on for years: Only criminals use cash therefore we need a cashless society which really means they want to monitor and tax every transaction. If someone does something the state doesn’t like, his purchasing ability will be turned off. If there’s no cash and everything is electronic, anything from garage sales to lemonade stands will be monitored and taxed. It’s enough people thinking like Bob Gale that will take us to Revelation 13:16-17 ” And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. “)
- But don’t worry, the interview ends on a positive note: The Cubs will win the 2045 World Series. (Will people have money to buy tickets or buy advertiser’s products, and will the players be computer generated if Bob Gale’s predictions come true? But let’s keep our focus on sports so we don’t see what’s happening all around us.)
After reading Gale’s interview in USA Today, some could argue that he is only making predictions and is not in favor of tyranny. However, his attitude towards privacy and a cashless society would say otherwise. You don’t need a time machine to see how this will turn out. Just look at history and then imagine what the dictators of the past could do with the technology of today, and tomorrow. Instead of being localized to one country, technology will allow the persecution to be worldwide.
I don’t see how we will make it until 2045 without God’s judgment coming first.