Back in the mid-90’s, one of the TV shows I remember watching was SeaQuest DSV. It was a near-future story about the adventures of the crew of a submarine that roamed our oceans much like the Enterprise did in Star Trek. The set-up was that as more and more of humanity had begun exploring, working, and living in the oceans, there had arose the need for a police/peace-keeping/exploration force. And thus was the mission of the SeaQuest.
I hadn’t thought about SeaQuest DSV in years until reading a recent article in Nature how that a “treasure trove” of valuable metals needed for electronics can be found on the ocean floor. Of course, getting to those resources will be difficult and costly – financially and possibly ecologically. I suspect that if money can be made, then someone will go after it. And then a lot of the scenarios explored by the show might actually come about (minus the crazy scifi elements the show devolved into toward the end). The funny thing is, the show was set in 2017. Could it be we’re catching up with SeaQuest?
What do you think?