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The Unexpected Human Future

The Unexpected Human FutureThe future of humanity is not what we have come to know with our limited understanding of what we think of as reality. This generation is about to step out permanently into frontiers that were until now the fuzzy domain of science fiction writers and dreamers. But not much longer now and we will burst through barries in quick succession that will define a new reality of human thought, enterprise and human dominion.



ATLANTICA EXPEDITIONS VIDEO PODCAST CATALOGUEThe Atlantica Expeditions will be producing weekly video Podcasts beginning in late September or early October. The Atlantica Expeditions podcasts can be subscribed to on Youtube or iTunes/Apple Store. All of these will be available as a link from our Atlantica Expeditions website (, Facebook link or on all our Blogs – Discovery Enterprise, or Undersea Colonies.

Here is the upcoming Podcast catalogue:

Moonpools, Oxygen , CO2, Oxygen and CO2, Transfer Cases, Food and Making Dinner, The Undersea Bathroom, Lights, Power, Excursions, Sleeping, Communications, Communicating In the Water, Undersea Weather, Day and Night, Sleeping Underwater, The Bends, Sharks and Dangerous FIsh, Territorial Fish, A Paperless Society, Resource Recovery, Exercising Undersea, What To Do With The Trash?, Habitat Air Conditioning, The Microscopic World.

Bringing the Pets Along to Live Undersea

Undersea PetsWhen mankind enters the undersea world to stay permanently, he will not go alone! As a a matter of fact, when the Chamberland family (Dennis and Claudia) go to spend a record 90 days in 2012, we will be bringing along our cat, Snickers, to spend the 90 days with us. And how will we get her down? Well – I am building her very own cat submarine. But – just in case you think that’s quite novel – it is not a first! Check this video out and see not only an underwater cat in SCUBA, but an undersea dog as well!

Oceans 911

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” – T.S. Eliot

It isn’t everyday that we make a major and direct appeal to the readers of Discovery Enterprise. But, today we ask you to take a closer look at a project very close to our heart – The Atlantica Expeditions.

The Atlantica Expeditions is a project sponsored and supported by the League of New Worlds.

The League of the New Worlds is a non-profit research foundation committed to the permanent human settlement of the world’s oceans and the high frontier of space.

Humanity in the last fifty years has made great strides in the exploration of space and has all but completed the preliminary reconnaissance of the solar system.

But, In the course of our explorations we have overlooked three quarters of our own world. We have left a great yawning gap in the map of our own planet and a fuller understanding of our own world. We know almost nothing about the world’s oceans and the impact twenty-first century civilization is having on its health and vitality. The time has come to fill in this great unknown.

That great unknown is in mortal danger of being destroyed before we have a chance to fully explore and understand the intricate role it plays in maintaining our own living planet.

The one important and vital lesson we have learned during the past fifty years of space exploration is that “good planets” are hard to find. And, the time has come to fully understand and take better care of the one world, which for now at least, we can truly call home.

The Atlantica Expeditions seeks to create an intelligent ecological monitoring platform (which now does not exist anywhere) to investigate and understand in detailed scientific terms the full impact of humanity on the ocean environment. The major benefit of this long term project is the preservation of our planet’s most important, largest and most fragile ecosystem. The time has come to kick-start this important endeavour.

We have titled our Kickstarter project, “OCEANS 911” and for very good reason. As we speak, the world’s oceans are in a full blown crisis and worse, we have very little idea of the extent of it and even how to define it or how widespread it is. We do know it is very serious and is growing. There are unexplained losses of coral reefs planet wide, there are increasing reports of dolphins and whales beaching themselves and dying, our food fish are loaded with heavy metals and nearly every hemispheric current are now clogged with huge circulating trash piles thousands of miles in diameter. The oceans are the planets circulatory system – the water is quite laterally the blood of our planet. Our generation has used our planet’s life’s blood for a garbage dump. Now we MUST do something now or face the loss of the world’s largest biome that is interconnected to all the others. If the ocean biome fails catastrophically, it will make the climate change crisis look tame in comparison.

How do we plan to do that? We will succeed by attacking the problem in a very unique and innovative way. Our Oceans 911 Team is about to establish the very first permanent human colony in the Atlantic Gulf Stream manned by scientists, engineers and even their families. That permanent colony will set up instruments to continuously monitor the health of the North Atlantic while 35,000 miles of ocean passes above our fixed research station.

In order to get there, we have developed an essential first research thrust called the Atlantica Expeditions I. Our Oceans 911 – Atlantica Expeditions team is composed of some of the most experienced undersea aquanauts on the world including the former Chief Scientist of the International Space Station and several world record holder aquanauts. On our team is also movie director and producer, James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame. The purpose of Atlantica I and the goal of our team is to complete the study of undersea habitation techniques, deployment of instruments for ocean analysis and training of crews that will be required to establish the Gulf Stream station. During our first Oceans 911 – Atlantica I mission we will set the world’s record in longest undersea habitation for an Aquanaut crew.

Join us in this vital and historic venture.

Oceans 911 – The Atlantica Project – A Planetary Oceans Health Monitoring Station

The Aquatic Life of Dennis Chamberland: One Man’s Quest to Colonize the Sea

Fellow Discovery Enterprise blogger  and and leader of the Atlantica Expeditions, Dennis Chamberland, recently had the opportunity to make an episode of Mother Board. All Discovery Enterprise bloggers are involved in the Atlantica Expeditions and committed to the colonisation of the Undersea.  Today we present:

The Aquatic Life of Dennis Chamberland: One Man’s Quest to Colonize the Sea

Raising an Undersea Family

Shown here is a photo of our son Eric Milton Chamberland literally departing the land to live for a day undersea. It was the day before he became certified as an aquanaut, living for more than 24 hours in a habitat in Aquatica – the great global ocean. Eric, our other children and their parents found out first hand what it was like to live as a family undersea. Although the habitat was not large enough to accommodate us all, while their parents were doing their research in the ocean, the children were still always connected. In some cases by radio and in others by frequent visits to the habitat bringing mom and dad meals, taking away their trash and just visiting.

It was not an uncommon site to see Claudia sitting in the moonpool tutoring a math problem or giving specific homeschooling instructions. On another occasion, one of the children’s SCUBA instructor sat our son Brett down on the front of the habitat and gave him his final underwater exam – just two feet from where we sat in comfort observing him, having a snack and watching the entire event. It may be the first time parents have enjoyed such a close up and comfortable view of their child being certified as an open water diver – while being in the same element with them!

On their frequent visits to the habitat, their mother Claudia would greet the children at the moonpool and then visit with them. At the end of their visit, she invariably would kiss their salty foreheads goodbye and bid them off with an undersea mom’s loving send off: “Exhale, exhale, exhale…” It’s meaning was unique among mothers on earth. Its meaning was, “Do not hold your breath while returning to the surface, it is dangerous.” While other mothers are warning their children to look both ways before crossing the street, our children’s mother invoked a similar warning, but altogether unique to families who live undersea.

Around our habitat lives a rather hostile looking four foot barracuda. While Fred (the name he was given by the local divers) never seemed to threaten or bite anyone, he was still a rather intimidating stray fish with sporting an absolutely evil looking row of razor sharp teeth. On several occasions Fred would orbit around the habitat and curiously peek inside at us. When they children were around, I would warn them by a hand sigh out the window – with the fingers of both hands together mimicking Fred’s teeth. It at least warned them to look out for Fred, although the worst damage he probably would have induced is causing someone to hurt themselves by trying to get out of his way. But hand signals out the windows to the children were essential when the sound of the voice was strictly confined to the walls of the habitat. Of course there were many other hand signals from ‘shark’ to ‘go back to the surface’ to ‘come inside’ to ‘watch your air pressure’ and ‘you’re getting cold – come inside’.

Families living under the sea will soon become a reality again. While our family may have been the first that we are aware of, and only for a painfully short period of time in 1997 and 1998 – others are sure to follow. And of the Atlantica Expeditions gets its way it will be very soon indeed. But this time, the expedition is never scheduled to end and the trips to the surface will be far less than the trips around the magnificent, crystal void of humankind’s new permanent dwelling place: Atlantica.

Living With Sharks

When we were in Hawaii recently, a friend shared the details of his relatively recent shark attack. (Please do not reveal his name on replies if you guys know him. He has asked for privacy.) It was totally horrific – he came within inches of death and was hospitalized for over a month. Within an hour of his story we were in the ocean diving with him. I took my first night dive in the ocean off Honolulu an hour after I saw JAWS for the first time in 1976. I was a younger man then and impulsive and was definitely looking around for the great beasts. But this weekend, diving alongside a man who was seriously attacked, it was a wholly different story. I am not as young as I was and not so much impulsive. The dive in broad daylight was far more intense than the night dive off Waikiki beach. I have been diving in this very spot for hundreds of hours and knew that this was definitely NOT a haven for sharks, but having just heard his story I was definitely looking around.

I know the statistics for shark attacks is lower than being struck by lightning – UNLESS – you live in Florida, that is. And nearly all shark attacks occur in water you can stand up in and most bites are relatively minor leg and ankle bites (ie – surfing injuries). But I also remember the photo that some of my environmental management colleagues took from the air off launch pad 39A. There were countless sharks in the photograph – about one shark every 50 feet or so.

Not all sharks are killers and man-eaters. But all sharks have to eat. They are not known for their intelligence and probably have no idea what a man is, much less swim around and dream up plots against him. But when man encounters shark – it is entirely up to the shark to do whatever he – or they – are going to do.

The shark has very sensitive sensors on its nose. It can detect activity in the water long before it sees its prey and far in advance of the prey seeing the shark. The good news is that sharks apparently do not like the taste of humans. That is why my friend was not killed.

Swimming off the Honolulu Boat Harbor about half a mile out, the shark just ‘tasted’ him and left. In a single instant, the shark clung to his abdomen with its rear teeth. Held him with the back teeth and then took two severing bites with its top teeth in less than half a second. He felt no pain. He thought he had collided with a log. He stood upright in the water and reached his hand out for the ‘log’ and felt the nose of a huge shark. It was at that moment that he saw the ocean around him was ‘purple’. The he felt the huge flap of skin that used to be on his back fold around his arm. The shark turned and left. But he was a half mile out in the ocean bleeding profusely with half his back hanging loose in the water. It was nothing less than a miracle that he survived, and one key part of the miracle is that he apparently didn’t taste very good to the great beast.

As we look forward to longer periods in the water, the site we have selected for the Atlantica I expeditions is also a breeding site for the Bull shark – one of the most aggressive sharks in the world. We will definitely seek ore training on diving in those waters from shark experts and diving in and around the habitat will be done with special attention to the activities and behavior characteristics of the rather mean-spirited Bull shark.

Having said all that, we also recognize that our activities are in its waters where it has lived for countless millennia. We are the observers, not the conquerors. We are the scientists there to observe it in its element and we are most definitely not there to remove or injure a single shark. If anything, we wish to study them and count them and understand how the activities of man are encroaching on their habitat. In so doing, we hope to make life easier on them and thereby encourage them to achieve their ultimate balance in the aquatic realm where we have presumed to join them.