Predicting Louisville's Future

Last night my wife surprised me by setting our DVR to record the "Back to the Future" trilogy.  It's a great movie, no matter how many times I've seen it.  It might not be the most exciting way to spend a Saturday night, but a quiet night in is just what we were looking for last night.  I don't want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't seen it... but since the movie was released in 1989... I'm going to assume you've seen it.  That was nearly 25 years ago.  When the second movie starts, they go into the future.  All the way to November of 2015.

Since that is only a couple of years away, its interesting to see what the script writers thought were ideas that were futuristic enough to make it into the movie.  We don't have flying cars or hover boards, but we've come a long way!  A quick list of things that I think are interesting. 

  1. When Marty gets fired, he gets a fax.  Fax machines are pretty much dead now.  Thank God!
  2. He gets a video phone call from Needles and his boss.  Skype has been around for a while.
  3. Jennifer is supposed to use her thumbprint to open the door.  My 5 year old laptop does that.  As does the new iPhone.  I guess it is only a matter of time before it makes its way to doors mainstream.
  4. Flat screen televisions that are wall mounted.  Sure this one might not have been that hard to see coming, but they nailed it.
  5. Marty's son appears to be wearing computerized glasses.  Google Glass anyone?

Now if we were writing Back to the Future today and it was to be set in Louisville, KY.  How do you predict our city will change?  What technology do you envision will enter the mainstream market?

  1. The new bridges should be built.
  2. I'd imagine we will have a new skyscraper added to our skyline.  Although Museum Plaza died, something else will likely get built in the next 25 years.
  3. Do you think Louisville will have any light rail or other forms of public transportation?
  4. Anyone think GE is working on a food rehydrator?
  5. What percentage of homes will be built fully solar and geo-thermal?

Sound off in the comments!  I'd love to hear your opinion.

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