Miroslava Duma, a 32-year-old Russian entrepreneur with a low, earnest voice and an even lower elevation, is describing some of the technological innovations that she says will bring about the “fourth industrial revolution”.
New fabrics made from orange peel, including a silk of “Hermes quality” fabricated from the waste pulps of the world’s biggest juice manufacturers; lab-mined diamonds, grown under carbon heat to be technically identical to the real thing but which can grow up to “16 carats in two weeks”. Then there’s the fabric made with milk protein, “which feels like the best cashmere, is 100 per cent breathable, and keeps moisturising your body while you’re wearing it”.
The idea of such technologies combining to produce some of the world’s most intelligent and luxurious materials may sound like the product of some far distant utopia. In fact, many of them are already here.
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