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来源:admin日期:2020/06/24

You know one of the things that we're told about invention is, it's always to solve a problem. Build something that solves a problem.

我们被告知的关于发明的一件事是,发明总是用来解决问题的。构建能够解决问题的东西。

And we design and build underwater drones. ROV stands for Remotely Operated Vehicle.

我们设计和制造水下无人机。ROV 是远程操作工具(Remotely Operated Vehicle)的缩写。

And it's basically an underwater drone or an underwater robot. So it goes beneath the surface and sends live video up a very thin tether to the operator back on the surface.

它基本上是水下无人机或水下机器人。它进入水面以下,将实时视频上传到水面上,用很细的绳索将实时视频传回操作者。

The real seed of the idea was with my friend Eric. He told me this wonderful story about this underwater cave that had rumors of gold in there from the gold rush.

真正的灵感来自我的朋友埃里克。他给我讲了一个关于这个水下洞穴的精彩故事,据说那里有淘金热时期的黄金。

And all these treasure hunters had tried to go and get it. And he wanted to build an underwater robot to go and explore.

And I was so taken by the story. I threw in with him right away and started asking people for help and feedback and improving the designs so we could actually get it to work.

我被这个故事深深吸引了。我立刻加入到他的工作中,开始向人们寻求帮助和反馈,并改进设计,这样我们就可以让它真正发挥作用。

When we explored the cave we didn't find any gold. The thing we found was this interesting potential future where all of a sudden it doesn't cost a lot of money to build the tools for exploration anymore.

我们在洞穴探险时没有发现任何金子。我们发现的是这个有趣的潜在的未来,突然之间它不再需要花费很多钱来建造用于探索的工具。

And that you actually have access to all the tools that you need. So everybody knows the big stats that the ocean covers 71% of the earth.

而且你实际上可以获得你需要的所有工具。大家都知道一个大数据,就是海洋覆盖了地球的71%。

But what most people don't realize is that we've just started going beneath the surface. Jacque Cousteau invented modern scuba diving in the 40s.

但大多数人没有意识到的是,我们才刚刚开始走到表面之下。雅克·库斯托在40年代发明了现代水肺潜水。

And it wasn't until the 50s and 60s that that really caught on in earnest. That's like 50,60 years of actually going beneath the surface and studying.

直到50、60年代,这才真正开始流行起来。这就像在50、60年的时间里,人们才真正到了地表下面去学习。

And I think these new low-cost underwater drones are a big step in the next era of underwater exploration, where we're going. And all of us are going.

而我认为这些新型的低成本水下无人机是水下探索的下一个时代的一大步,去探索我们要去的地方。而我们所有人都将去到。

All you're going to need is a connection to the internet. We're gonna find shipwrecks.

We're gonna find new species. But the most important thing for me is not what we find.

It's that so many millions more people are gonna be able to look. That they're able to be on the cutting edge of what humans know and what humans understand to feel like they're a part of the process of discovery.

而是将有更多的人能够看到。那就是他们能够站在人类所知道的、人类所理解的最前沿,让人感觉到自己是探索过程中的一员。

Because that's cool. You just need to get your friends together and go outside and explore.

This was just a group of us who had a thirst for adventure we wanted to explore the unknown. And it's brought us on this incredible journey.

我们只是一群渴望冒险的人,我们想探索未知的世界。它让我们踏上了这段不可思议的旅程。

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