- "It ascends from the earth to the heaven, and it again descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior."
– Hermes Trismegistus
Researching Smart Materials allows the Exoplanet Expedition project, the fourth step toward winning a Science Victory, to be undertaken. It also unlocks Reinforced Armor Plating, an upgrade for Giant Death Robots that increases their Combat Strength when defending against land and naval attacks.
Materials are usually selected for use on the basis of a single quality. A brick, for instance, should not be flexible if it is to be a good basis for construction. Smart materials are materials which can assume different properties on command, in response to different situations. An analogy would be a brick that is solid when used as a building material, but which could be flat and flexible for easy storage and portability otherwise. These are becoming more and more common as material science advances. Ferrofluids, and dielectric and self-healing elastomers are representative examples of current smart materials.
The term “programmable matter” is used to describe a hypothetical substance which could be given any property on command, and represents something of the Holy Grail of the smart material research program.
|Civilization VI Science Victory steps |
|All game versions|
|1. Launch a satellite|
|2. Land a human on the Moon|
|Vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall||Gathering Storm|
|3. Establish a Martian Colony||3. Establish a Martian Colony|
|4. Launch an Exoplanet Expedition
|5. Help the Exoplanet Expedition travel 50 light years|