Along with the standard fears of most fathers-to-be, I’m also finding myself worried that I won’t understand the technologies that will be around in 10 years time that my child will take for granted. I don’t want to experience the future equivalent of the permanently blinking VCR clock. VCRs? I feel older already.

We’re at an exciting time in the world of material sciences with the recent developments of carbon nanotubes and graphene. Some amazing things that you may think are futuristic — like Aerogel — have actually been around since the early 1930s.

Will our children get to live in a world of space elevators, invisibility cloaks, portable holes and — dare I even think it — personal jetpacks and flying cars?

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