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Former Google Exec Lost at Sea

The human race has achieved some remarkable things…

We created fire…

Invented the wheel…

Built massive cities from scratch…

Heck, just last year I watched a guy skydive from outer space (as I ate a donut in my living room).

So how is it that after all of these achievements (along with countless others), we still can’t travel a few lousy miles underwater?

In fact, we humans haven’t found a way to explore any more than 5% of the ocean floor.

That bears repeating…

Of all of the water on Earth – which covers 72% of the planet’s surface – humans have failed to explore 95% of it.

We know infinitely more about solar systems in faraway galaxies than we do about our own backyard.

And the reason is shockingly simple. We just don’t have the technology for it.

Until now…

The Shark of Silicon Valley

It’s taken over a century for deep-sea exploration technology to advance to where it is today. But as I mentioned before, it’s still light-years behind the rest of our exploratory efforts.

Enter former Google (GOOG) CEO, Eric Schmidt.

I know… at first glance, it’s an odd name to pop up in the middle of a column about deep-sea exploration. But his involvement actually makes perfect sense.

Schmidt wants to approach the ocean like he approached the internet during his time at Google. He wants to take a vast ecosystem that nobody really understands, or can effectively navigate, then conquer it, and present it back to the world with a wealth of new knowledge.

So with that lofty ambition in mind, Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, founded the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) in 2009.

The goal: to shine a spotlight on the deepest, darkest depths of the world’s oceans.

And they haven’t wasted any time…

A Titanic Partnership

Recently, SOI joined forces with the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to design and build the world’s most advanced robotic undersea vehicle.

Once completed, this new vehicle will be one of only two robotic vehicles in the world capable of operating in the world’s “hadal depths” – the deepest oceanic trenches on the planet, between 6,000 meters and 11,000 meters below sea level. That’s roughly seven miles down.

One of these trenches is the infamous Challenger Deep.

At nearly seven miles below sea level, Challenger is the deepest known point of the entire hydrosphere.

It’s also the deepest point that a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has ever reached – a feat achieved by the WHOI’s previous vehicle – Nereus.

This hybrid remotely operated vehicle (HROV) dove to the Challenger Deep in 2009, giving SOI and other research vessels unprecedented access to the deepest regions of the ocean. In the process, it’s enabled scientists to map the first fully structured layout of our deepest oceans, while potentially discovering new life.

Now, the latest vehicle they’re working on will capitalize on past failures from older WHOI designs, as well as advanced technologies developed for famed Hollywood director, James Cameron, and his DEEPSEA CHALLENGER vehicle.

As Andrew Bowen, Director of the WHOI’s National Deep Submergence Facility, states, “Technology has played a role in exploring and understanding the ocean for thousands of years, and it will continue to do so.”

There’s no telling how much new life awaits our discovery. Both new and old…

Unlock Your Inner Jack Sparrow

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are more than three million shipwrecks scattered across the ocean floor – each with its own unique story.

But these vessels aren’t just full of history… they’re packed with boatloads of treasure, too. (Pun absolutely intended!)

Now, most people associate sunken treasure with swashbuckling scallywags like Blackbeard and Captain Jack Sparrow.

After all, a life pillaging the waters for spoils is more suited to Hollywood movies, not a practical career move.

Or is it?

With new technologies like the ones emerging from SOI and WHOI, unearthing missing treasure has become big business for modern-day bounty hunters.

Take the Tampa-based treasure hunters, for example, who recently discovered Britain’s HMS Victory (1737), which sank to the bottom of the English Channel in 1744.

Their reward? The 3.6 tons of gold on board, valued at $821 million.

Now, we’re not suggesting that you hit the high seas and go pillaging for treasure yourself. I mean, who has the time for that?

The key to finding missing treasure is actually much easier than that.

You see, there are two common denominators with this deep-sea exploration technology and treasure hunting…

It ultimately comes down to cutting-edge technology and an ultra-precise mapping system.

And guess what?

This is the very same formula that works for pillaging the stock market, too.

The same laser-like formula that boasts an unparalleled record for unearthing millions in “missing” cash.

Don’t believe me?

The proof is right here – and it’s about to unlock a $12.36-million fortune…

Your eyes in the Pipeline,

Marty Biancuzzo

Marty Biancuzzo

, Technology Analyst

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