SOPHIE (QIAN LIU)
Headline: Watch: 2 scientists accidentally discover a world-Changing Super Material
Source: Fast Co Design
After two Russian scientists won the Nobel Prize for discovering “graphene” (a substance composed of pure carbon) in 2002, many scientists were still searching for a better way to manufacture this super strong material. Ric Kaner and Maher El-Kady, two UCLA scientists were accidentally creating a graphene supercapacitor when they were researching about graphene. This material charges more quickly than regular batteries, making it a potential candidate to power a future generation of super-efficient gadgets, cars, and systems.
It was amazing to see how technology can change our lives in the future. It reminds me a lot in my other class called Scenario Planning, where we learn systematical way to predict future. I’m thinking about how the learning curve graphene supercapacitor manufacture goes down and match with other technologies and then influence sustainability. We need efficient solutions, not only criticism. In terms of sustainable fashion, I think zero-waste may be an obvious way to criticize fashion industry, but I don’t see it as a very good solution to really solve the problem. I wish there will be some way in the future like the supercapacitor, that can indeed make a way for people to do sustainable fashion, even though we don’t know it right now.
Global Issue: Technology
Primary design lens: Technology Development
Secondary Design lens: Sustainability