I’ve just watched the Andre Geim episode in the BBC series Beautiful Minds. Geim, in case you’re not aware, is the Nobel prize-winning co-discoverer of Graphene. Graphene is one of those discoveries that makes you wonder what the future’s going to look like.
300 times stronger than steel and just a single atom thick, with incredible conductive properties, Graphene and other two-dimensional materials are going to revolutionise our world. If you think we’re sophisticated today, we will look like loincloth-sporting grunts in a hundred years time.
As we look back from our super-conducting future we will laugh at our funny old copper wiring like it is steam pipes, and our heavy metal cars like they’re carts. iPads will look like mainframes, mobile phones like telegraphs.
And do you know what? I can’t wait.