Happy new year! It is officially 2015, and well, we hope it’s a good year for everyone.
What do we know about 2015?
Back to the Future:
In Back to the Future Part II, Marty, Jennifer & Dr. Emmett Brown travel to October 21, 2015. According to the film, in 2015 lawyers have been abolished, electronics are in virtually everything from clothes to garbage cans, people travel in flying cars and hoverboards. With the existence of flying cars, there is no longer much need for roads so that skyways dominate the skies.
Dawn to arrive on Ceres:
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered its approach phase and is expected to arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, 2015.
International Year of Light:
2015 has been designated the International Year of Light (and the International Year of Soils) by the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015) is a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind. IYL 2015 opening ceremonies will be held 19-20 January 2015 in Paris. The International Year of Light is “a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.” (via Wikipedia)
The Three Laws of Robotics:
Issac Asimov’s science fiction short story “Runaround” was first published in 1942 and takes place in the year 2015. Most notably, the story features the first explicit appearance of the Three Laws of Robotics.
1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
The 6th Day:
In the film The 6th Day, staring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adam Gibson is closed without knowledge or content in the year 2015. In this fictional future, the cloning of animals and human organs has become routine, though cloning humans is still prohibited by the “Sixth Day” laws.
Blood Moon Prophecy:
The Blood Moon Prophecy is an idea popularized by Christian pastors John Hagee and Mark Biltz that states the upcoming tetrad (a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of significant things to come. Biltz believes that the Second Coming will coincide with the final eclipse of the tetrad, while Hagee only believes the eclipses are a sign of coming change in the course of history for Israel. (via World Mysteries)
References to a moon like “blood” are found in two passages of the Bible. Joel 2:30–31 says, “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” In Revelation 6:12, John describes one of the seal judgments of the Tribulation: “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” Other passages refer to the moon being “darkened” (Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:10). (via gotquestions.org)
Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, begins his job as a replicant hunter (ie. Blade Runner) in March 2015. And if one is on the side of Deckard being a replicant himself, the very near fictional future of Blade Runner implies we’ve already got androids among us.
Simian Flu Outbreak:
According to the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it is in 2015 when the outbreak of Simian Flu begins in London’s Heathrow airport.
The Eurasian Union:
The Eurasian Union (EAU), a political and economic union consisting of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, is set to be established in 2015.