Our Second Atmosphere

November 12, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Media, Science, Technology, Transportation | 2 Comments

Just watched a short talk by Graham Hawkes. While the imagery was interesting, the ideas were much more profound.

He observed, for example, that we call our home “Earth”, a dark ages term. We live on an ocean planet. He observes we’re taught that there is twice as much ocean as there is land. But that’s taking it from an earth-bound perspective. We’re off by something like 10:1. On earth, we live on the surface of land, like a 2D world, a flatland. In the ocean, it is a 3D space. Not just the surface.

94% of life lives in the ocean. He describes it like an inner atmosphere, a 3D world that is alien to us, where we can move up just as easliy as forward. He has begun building 3D world subs, not the 2D thinking ones usually built.

For example, one doesn’t sit in the ocean. One does not fall. We can fly in the water. As a result, they are developing sub-sea aviation, complete with flight schools.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/graham_hawkes_flies_through_the_ocean.html

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  1. […] Science, Software, Technology | A few months ago, I wrote about the idea of earth’s “Second Atmosphere“, the ocean. How 70% of our “Earth” is covered in water, the home to 80% of our […]

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  2. […] back, I wrote about a TED talk that framed “Earth” as a dark ages term. That we lived on an ocean planet and […]

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