Predictions About Today from 1990

As many of you know, a remake of Total Recall hit the theaters recently.  Before seeing it, I decided to watch the old version from 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. At first, I was laughing at the technology they were predicting for the future.  If a store tried selling the over-sized clunky stuff they were all using in this futuristic movie they’d go out of business quickly. But – they didn’t get everything wrong. Here are a few things they predicted correctly:

Flat Screens for Beauty: 

Pictured here are Arnold and his fake wife having breakfast with flat screen TVs providing scenery. Almost everyone has a flat screen TV now and we push lovely photos across it using our Apple TVs.

Scans for Security: 

Doesn’t this make you think of the total body scan machines at the airport? This was unheard of in 1990 but commonplace today.

Video Phones Commonplace: 

In 1990 very few people even had a cell phone. In this movie they predicted that every phone could make video calls. Now we can use Skype or FaceTime to make video calls to all our loved ones.  (Except my mom who is hopelessly un-technical.)

Mobile Devices and GPS: 

At first I was laughing at this one:  Mobile Devices that are enormous by today’s standards. ….But then I thought about it. I could never have imagined mobile, hand-held computers with apps on them. And Global Positioning Systems to pinpoint a location! Wow.

So if you’re in the mood for a really edgy movie with a lot of special effects that are – well – gross, take a look at the old version of Total Recall. See what other technology you can spot that they predicted.  Oh – and I left out the Johnny-Cab on purpose.  Not a great prediction!

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