"Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and Navy oceanographer Don Walsh descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the sea's surface. It's the lowest point on Earth, and deeper than any human had gone before - or since.
Above is a new video chronicling the explorers' journey, weaving animation with audio from an interview granted by Piccard in 2005, three years before his death. The interview was conducted by New York writer Victor Ozols, but went unpublished and eventually ended up on his blog. There it was found by German design student Roman Wolter, who made the film."
(Dave Mosher, 21 January 2011, Wired Science)
"Icy cold, pitch black and with crushing pressures - the deepest part of the ocean is one of the most hostile places on the planet. Only two explorers have made the epic journey there: 11km (seven miles) down to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. As a new wave of explorers is gearing up to repeat this remarkable dive, take a look at the mysterious world that they will be plunging into."
(BBC News, 23 February 2012)
"A winner of the Cannes Film Festival 1973, 'Fantastic Planet' is a full length animated fantasy set on the planet of the Draags in a far-off solar system where humans are kept as pets by a race of huge blue creatures."
(Alice in Videoland)
Fig.1-8 René Laloux and Roland Topor (1973). 'Fantastic Planet/La Plančte Sauvage'. France: 72 mins.
According to Kevin Kelly, a former executive editor of Wired Magazine "the Web is only 5000 days old, and it went into what 10 years ago would have been considered impossible. He asks the question: what will happen in the next 5000 days? Fascinating. Right now, the entire linked computer system that forms the internet web (which he calls a single, global machine with lots of windows into it) has the approximate processing capacity of one human brain. But the brain isn’t doubling in power every two years like the web. By 2040 the processing power of this 'machine' will exceed the processing power of all of humanity. He anticipates COMPLETE global codependence upon the internet web over the next 5000 days."
"There is only one machine. The web is its OS. All screens look into the one. No bits will live outside the web. To share is to gain. Let the one read it. The one is us." (Kevin Kelly)
[Technologically deterministic although still food for thought.]