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What would be technological impact to our every-day world, if we suddenly have room temperature super conductors ?

Specifically, what would be the major areas of change in the immediate future (one or two years)? In other words, looking for immediate primary effects, not longer term effects such as changes in social order. Assume they would be mass producible, cheap and flexible.

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    $\begingroup$ I get the feeling there are so many possibilities here that it'll be hard to write and answer that is shorter than a novel. $\endgroup$
    – Twelfth
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 22:19
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    $\begingroup$ It really depends on the nature of the material. Current high-temperature superconductors are more akin to brittle ceramics than flexible wires. $\endgroup$
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 22:58
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    $\begingroup$ Are they cheap? Mass producible? Flexible? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 23:03
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    $\begingroup$ Also, how much current can those superconductors carry? Superconductivity breaks down when the current gets too high. A room-temperature superconductor that can only carry a few milliampere per square meter would be much less useful than one that can carry a kiloampere per square micrometer. $\endgroup$
    – celtschk
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 11:36
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    $\begingroup$ This is a good question but at the moment it just cannot be reasonably answered in this format. You need to specify the nature of the superconductors and also focus in on where you want to know about. For example implications in transportation, computer science, etc. $\endgroup$
    – Tim B
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 11:38

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