Okay, so this post isn’t about architecture or art or really about design in any way; it’s about physics. But bear with me, because there’s a good chance it will wind up being the coolest thing you’ve seen all year. In this video, Boas Almog – a professor of the school of physics and astronomy at Tel Aviv University – demonstrates superconductivity. Now may have heard of a “superconductor” before, but if you’re like me, you probably don’t know what exactly that means. The problem with superconductivity is that it’s a quantum effect, which means that it doesn’t obey Newtonian laws of physics. That makes it difficult for our minds to comprehend, but it also results in some absolutely astounding physical properties. That’s where this video comes in. Skip to 7:14 if you want to cut right to the chase.
Every so often, technology leapfrogs what we thought was possible and lands squarely in the realm of science fiction, and that’s clearly what’s going on here. Now I don’t know the practical limitations of superconductors at this time, so I can’t speak to their near-future feasibility as useful technology, but I’m not sure anyone could watch this video and fail to be stunned by the magnitude of that innovation.
That’s why I’m bringing it up actually, it’s not because I see specific applications to building or design, it’s because I see it influencing our lives in countless ways, many of which we can’t even imagine. I think that’s actually the most profound idea to take from this presentation: right now, all around the world, people are developing new technologies and ideas that will blow you away with their utility and creativity. Even in the worst of situations (especially in the worst of situations, actually) humans are the most innovative and dynamic creatures the world has ever seen, and we will continue to evolve our way of life. So no matter what profession you’re engaged in, keep an eye on what’s on the horizon, because sooner or later it will change everything.