James Cameron talks science


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James Cameron talks science

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  Last updated August 28, 2018 at 11:25 am

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James Cameron is one of the most well-known movie directors.


He recently talked with National Science Week organisers about his interests in science and how that interest has intertwined with his movie making career. He initially started at college studying physics and astronomy before switching to the arts.


With his ground-breaking film techniques, it has allowed him to explore the depths of the ocean, literally. The making of Titanic allowed him to start combining his creative and science worlds together, in which he was able to dive through the shipwreck several times for the filming.


It wasn’t the last time he went underwater. He became a deep sea explorer pioneer and record-breaker when he became one of just three people to have ever gone to the depths of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, 10 908 m below sea level. He was involved in the making and design of the submersible Deepsea Challenger.


He is an advocate for the public understanding science as it informs the public’s decision-making and will solve current and future challenges like climate change, artificial intelligence, and medical research ethics.


This video was provided by National Science Week who extend their “thanks to the Australian National Maritime Museum for generously giving us an opportunity to meet Jim at the opening of their James Cameron – Challenging the Deep exhibition.”



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