The field of thermodynamics—which deals with the physics of heat and efficiency—arose during the Industrial Revolution. Scientists today are working to update these laws to address modern technology, particularly quantum computers, quantum communication and quantum information.
This melding of 19th-century science and futuristic technology resembles the combination of Victorian style and sci-fi invention in the genre of fiction called steampunk, earning the field the moniker “quantum steampunk.”
One recent quantum steampunk success is an engine that scientists have proposed using quantum and thermodynamic principles.
— Read on www.scientificamerican.com/article/quantum-steampunk-19th-century-science-meets-technology-of-today/