If we could travel into the future, we would soon encounter many objects made of a silvery, glass-like metal. In the future, this metal will be used to make scalpels, knives, and scissors that remain sharp for a very long time, as well as tiny gears for cars and robots that look like new for years because they are made of a material so hard, they practically never wear out. The gleaming, silvery metal will be used in airplanes and spaceships because it is lightweight and withstands both bitter cold and intense heat. The future will be built with a super-material that has a surprisingly dull name – amorphous metal. It’s the perfect material for things that need to last for a long time under extreme conditions. It is twice as strong as steel – and ten times as flexible. Amorphous metal is formed when red-hot molten metal is flash frozen. It takes a microscope to see what differentiates it from “normal” metal: While “normal” metal naturally has a highly ordered structure, the atoms in amorphous metals are randomly arranged. This is what makes this futuristic material, also called “metallic glass,” so resilient. Incidentally, 3D printers and specially designed injection molding techniques can also be used to manufacture amorphous metal components. The silvery future is already here.