Exploring the Abyss: Science Fiction in Life
// Posted by Max on 03/27/2012 (8:38 AM)
Yesterday, the first person in 50 years to do so and only the second ever, James Cameron made it to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, a place called the Challenger Deep: the deepest place on earth. Cameron, famous filmmaker of movies such as Alien, Terminator, Titanic, Avatar and perhaps most fittingly: The Abyss, has been an avid oceanic explorer since the making of the aforementioned movie. During the filming of Titanic, Cameron made 12 dives to the site of the shipwreck in the North Atlantic. Cameron, a National Geographic Explorer in residence, set records for deepest solo dive with his mission, a part of the Deepsea Challenge mission sponsored by National Geographic and Rolex. The technology behind Cameron’s sub is astonishing however one of the amazing aspects of this story is how Cameron, who’s innovative story telling abilities earned him the Explorer in Residence honor, is helping the world of energy conservation, inspired by his work on the movie Avatar. Similarly, Cameron’s company Earthship productions creates films about oceanic exploration and conservation. It was very heartening to see Cameron using his influence and abilities to further scientific understanding and public awareness of one of the few truly alien (no pun intended) environments left in the world. He was assissted by former co creator of Microsoft, Paul Allen, who assisted from his yacht and also kept a running Twitter account of the operation. This was a great news story to follow and it’s a real life example of science fiction coming to life. In this same threat I’ve included James Cameron’s TED talk from 2010 below, where he discusses science fiction in life.