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Science, Engineering & Technology

Postby chrisol » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:35 pm

An imaginative student looking into an aquarium or wandering along the seashore may wonder what it would be like to swim under the ocean like a fish and explore its mysteries. In today's world that imagination has a foothold in reality. Within a very short period of time humans have developed effective technology for free diving, SCUBA diving, manned submersibles & submarines, manned undersea stations, ROV's, and very recently AUV's. The merging of micro electro-mechanical systems and biomimetics is beginning to blur the interface between man and machine. Human beings have created the sensory subsystems of sight, sound, touch, taste/smell, ... mimicked biological muscle tissue, memory, communication and even intelligence. These electro-mechanical and biomimetic systems can be shrunk, shaped and adaptively engineered to function in any environment we can imagine, ... much the way biological organisms have adapted to fill every ecological niche. We are essentially beginning to reverse engineer biological life.

In recent years it has been noted by global industry leaders, who are slowly shifting operations out of the US for many reasons, that US students are unprepared in the areas of science, engineering, and technology ... to innovate and compete effectively in the world market. However, observing student use of VideoRay from our manned underwater laboratory, this generation: (1) is visibly excited by the use of remote presence and interaction, (2) can immediately imagine the broader future implications of very long distance internet robotic telepresence, (3) is highly adapted to remote controller technologies from skills developed using interactive video-games and radio controlled model boats, cars, planes, helicopters, ect...

Manned undersea stations (like space stations) provide a thought provoking, stimulating, real-world interface from which to explore, develop, operate and advance these emerging technologies; either as aquanauts exposed directly to the undersea environment, or as a virtual presence over the internet from remote classrooms or laboratories anywhere in the world.

Chris Olstad

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