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August 1st 2014 1:59 pm

Should James Cameron be more like Elon Musk?

Our own Dana Wollman had the pleasure of seeing James Cameron's Deepsea Challenger, and wrote about her impressions[1] of the documentary. One particular interesting part of her review was the following:

The film too often feels like an infomercial for James Cameron, sometimes at the expense of actual science talk. At one point, for instance, the film touches on underwater earthquakes, and how studying them might help us better prepare for the tsunamis they cause. ... It's thrilling to see a wall of water in 3D, but the moment quickly passes: Cameron moves on and never mentions the subject again.

While I happily applaud and encourage Cameron's love of the ocean and desire to explore, this made me think all of his exploits are more about showing off James Cameron. Sure, it's awesome that he's using his money to do stuff like this instead of buying private islands for himself. But if he's heading down there, shouldn't be doing more than creating a film to pat himself on the back? I'm not the biggest supporter of the guy, but at least Elon Musk is doing more to push space exploration and EV tech than building stuff that benefits himself.

So what do you think? Should people like Cameron (people with money who love exploration) be doing more in the name of science and research than just creating films?

1: www.engadget.com­/2014­/08­/01­/deepsea­-challenge­-3d­-r...

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All people with heaps of money should help others improving their lives. After all, all their resources should return to the circle. There is no point in sitting on millions.
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