9 Futuristic Materials

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Learn about some materials that seem like they should belong in science fiction, but actually exist today!

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Invisibility Cloaks
Scientists create ‘invisibility cloak’ that can make microscopic objects disappear

Super Waterproofing

Bulk Diamonds/Aggregated Diamond Nanorods

Metallic Glasses

Metallic Foams

Transparent Aluminum

Optically Clear Aluminum Provides Bulletproof Protection


Light-transmitting Concrete

Regenerating Concrete

Quantum computers may soon be the most powerful data center hardware. Here I review quantum computing concepts, and highlight recent innovations from IBM, D-Wave Systems, Google, Microsoft, Intel and Alibaba.

Websites, press releases and articles referred to in the video are as follows:

IBM Q online quantum computer:

IBM cloud quantum computer press release, May 2016:

IBM Q press release, March 2017:

Latest IBM quantum processors press release, May 2017:

“Physical Review X” technical article on D-Wave 2X performance (1 August 2016): https://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.6.031015

“Nature” article by Google Quantum AI Lab engineers (March 2017):

Microsoft Station Q: https://stationq.microsoft.com/

“MIT Technology Review” article on Intel silicon-based quantum computing (December 2016):

Alibaba quantum computing lab press release (July 2015):

Other sources you may find useful include:

D-Wave Systems website: https://www.dwavesys.com/

D-Wave Systems video explaining quantum annealing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvfkXjzzYOo

“New Scientist” article on Google’s quantum chips (June 2017):

“Tech Radar” article on Microsoft quantum computing (December 2016):

More videos on computing-related topics can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/explainingcomputers

You may also like my ExplainingTheFuture channel at: http://www.youtube.com/explainingthefuture
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  1. P1MPO says:

    Thank you for telling me about things and bot showing ANYTHING in a video… what a useless vid….

  2. JawAdrian says:

    What if you put a perfectly hydrophobic material on the bottom of a ship…

  3. Amrit Kumar says:


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  5. Petros Kefallinos says:

    1:37 No I'm a solid snake fan! ?

  6. santiago vallejo says:

    Just one correction. Metal isn't fire resistant. It can't catch fire and ignite easily, but with heat it looses all of it's mechanical properties quickly.

  7. Daryl Paul says:

    New Update to life, added more materials

  8. Ryan Layug says:

    I think this video would be better if it has sample videos

  9. Richard Collins says:

    All I want to know is who traveled back in time from the 23rd century to give us the formula for manufacturing aluminium oyxnitride?

  10. KooMoo says:

    Oh God my trypophobia

  11. ucantkeepup583 says:

    Weren't the Romans doing that with concrete…? Doesn't seem to be anything new

  12. Al Paca says:

    FYI aerogel are already being used to insulate windows and doors and have been for a number of years

  13. Trey Atkins says:

    Isn't a "hyper-diamond" also the name of a 4-d platonic solid?

  14. vivekkumar gupta says:

    from where you get all these information of new research work ?? if you read this please reply.

  15. Rohankumar Bukane says:

    nice video

  16. Shinigami says:

    Too clarify..Diamonds are hard..not tough. They are quite brittle actually, because of how hard they are..for instance a sword/knife blade made of diamond would shatter like glass.

  17. Digital Ghost says:

    Well actually MIT already developed a cloaking jacket with the same principle except it's almost the size of a human torso

  18. TheImperialKerbalUnion says:

    If the future is now then it's the present

  19. Collywobbler Soufflé says:

    Someone get me a lab, blowtorch and some graphite.

  20. eglintonflats says:

    Why don't you say you that you do not know what talking about

  21. Self Investigator says:

    with  the
    IOTA tangle we can all use quantum computing power

  22. Bruce Dressel says:

    Blah blah blah just a hi tech ouiga board assembled with help from the fallen angels … nothing new under the sun

  23. aditya jhaveri says:

    Am I the only one who finds so much computing power a bit…scary?

  24. Madematician says:

    QC will be ubiquitous. Naïve prediction about its not being common.

  25. waterflowzz says:

    Dude… i like your content but please make it more modern….. it seems like I'm watching a tv program from the 80s.

  26. Chao Xiang says:

    Yet another 20 years to go…

  27. Lt.nhale kush says:

    Temporal defense systems will later be known as Skynet

  28. Rocket bunny says:

    Lot people saying it's really slow just good for hacking or reading data

  29. Zoso Gunny says:

    the author reminds me of bob lazzar for whatever reason

  30. Snow Scream says:

    Are these real quantum computers? If matter is a wave then does it mean we exist in a holographic matrix? Can any humans answer these questions?

  31. custume says:

    Great Video, Best regards

  32. Jeff Sol says:

    you better believe the CIA has a building full of these machines running in parallel

  33. Muhamad Hamdy says:

    I don't know, is it a promising future or a scary one? I guess its just the usual human thing, fearing the unknown.

  34. omegapointil says:

    Seems to be a huge non sequitur from quibits that can be "anything" and getting to them representing anything deterministic. I'm calling bullshit until I get it or else give me an explanation for it before you jump to the desert of all the things it can do. I must be wrong since so many people are working on it; I just don't get it.

  35. David Noble says:

    great video, thanks so much

  36. Martin McHugh says:

    Cor! What a brilliant overview of a complex subject. Well done, it is not easy to do that.

  37. ThinkTank255 says:

    Everything is a scam these days. This is total nonsense and lies. We are NOWHERE NEAR being able to make any type of viable quantum computer. It is just total lies and nonsense.

  38. Ryudo Kuga says:

    Serious question, a little off topic: Why do we still stick to the binary system? So Bits and corresponding QuBits? Why don't we finally switch to the ternary system? A computer with the ternary system would be a lot faster and even more energy-saving. Admittedly, we would have to adjust all software accordingly… but wouldn't it be worth it in the long run? Especially later when we have optical computers, for example? Or maybe with magnonics? Could be great topics for future videos!

  39. dereklees says:

    Thank you for taking the time to make this video. Will quantum computing be used in virtual reality or holography? Also will it be useful for block chain development? Many many thanks!

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