A sequel to science fiction?
But given that this century also holds one unified global challenge, and that is climate change, could the new science fiction-like innovations we pursue today also have a more profound impact, addressing climate change and ensuring the world’s longevity?
What if I told you that science fiction, contrary to conventional interpretation (mine above included), isn’t meant to predict, but instead provide an ongoing visualization of worlds where possibilities are limitless? It may seem to foretell, but at the core of science fiction lies an openness to anything. An attitude we must all adopt as we address the significant challenges our world is facing by exploring the possibilities for a more sustainable future. Because unless we do that, all other opportunities that science fiction holds have little room to be realized or enjoyed.
Materializing the possibilities for a sustainable future
Eco cities. Green cars. Transformation of energy systems. Nothing will impact how these concepts are realized, and their capabilities, more than the materials we use. Materials science will be the epicenter of innovation amidst rapid change and disruption, paving the road from idea to reality – science fiction to truth.
The advanced materials business is already playing a central role in catalyzing inventions, making a material difference in addressing climate change and building a brighter future. There’s a rapid shift towards lighter, stronger, smaller, greener, safer and smarter materials – from higher performance materials that power electric, connected and autonomously driving cars with a reduced carbon footprint to fully recyclable carpets and anti-reflective coatings, making solar panels more efficient, affordable, viable and sustainable.
Imagine a world where instead of consuming power, our buildings and vehicles generate power. Where a circular economy is the global economy. Where tomorrow’s innovations safeguard today’s world. We need materials science now more than ever, not just to innovate for change and evolution, but to innovate for survival and preservation.
While today’s science fiction writers paint human colonies inhabiting new planets, lets help our scientists write the scripts that protect our existing one for future generations. Everyone should have the fundamental liberty of a green, sustainable planet Earth to call home.