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Showing Revision 7 created 09/07/2015 by Camille Martínez.

  1. What is the intersection
    between technology, art and science?
  2. Curiosity and wonder,
  3. because it drives us to explore,
  4. because we're surrounded
    by things we can't see.
  5. And I love to use film
    to take us on a journey
  6. through portals of time and space,
  7. to make the invisible visible,
  8. because what that does,
  9. it expands our horizons,
  10. it transforms our perception,
  11. it opens our minds
  12. and it touches our heart.
  13. So here are some scenes
    from my 3D IMAX film,
  14. "Mysteries of the Unseen World."
  15. (Music)

  16. There is movement which is too slow
    for our eyes to detect,

  17. and time lapse makes us discover
  18. and broaden our perspective of life.
  19. We can see how organisms emerge and grow,
  20. how a vine survives by creeping
    from the forest floor
  21. to look at the sunlight.
  22. And at the grand scale,
  23. time lapse allows us to see
    our planet in motion.
  24. We can view not only
    the vast sweep of nature,
  25. but the restless movement of humanity.
  26. Each streaking dot
    represents a passenger plane,
  27. and by turning air traffic data
    into time-lapse imagery,
  28. we can see something
    that's above us constantly
  29. but invisible:
  30. the vast network of air travel
    over the United States.
  31. We can do the same thing
    with ships at sea.
  32. We can turn data into a time-lapse view
    of a global economy in motion.
  33. And decades of data give us
    the view of our entire planet
  34. as a single organism
  35. sustained by currents circulating
    throughout the oceans
  36. and by clouds swirling
    through the atmosphere,
  37. pulsing with lightning,
  38. crowned by the aurora Borealis.
  39. It may be the ultimate time-lapse image:
  40. the anatomy of Earth brought to life.
  41. At the other extreme,

  42. there are things that move
    too fast for our eyes,
  43. but we have technology
    that can look into that world as well.
  44. With high-speed cameras,
  45. we can do the opposite of time lapse.
  46. We can shoot images
  47. that are thousands of times
    faster than our vision.
  48. And we can see how nature's
    ingenious devices work,
  49. and perhaps we can even imitate them.
  50. When a dragonfly flutters by,
  51. you may not realize,
  52. but it's the greatest flier in nature.
  53. It can hover, fly backwards,
  54. even upside down.
  55. And by tracking markers
    on an insect's wings,
  56. we can visualize the air flow
    that they produce.
  57. Nobody knew the secret,
  58. but high speed shows that a dragonfly
  59. can move all four wings
    in different directions
  60. at the same time.
  61. And what we learn can lead us
    to new kinds of robotic flyers
  62. that can expand our vision
  63. of important and remote places.
  64. We're giants,

  65. and we're unaware of things
    that are too small for us to see.
  66. The electron microscope
    fires electrons which creates images
  67. which can magnify things
    by as much as a million times.
  68. This is the egg of a butterfly.
  69. And there are unseen creatures
    living all over your body,
  70. including mites
    that spend their entire lives
  71. dwelling on your eyelashes,
  72. crawling over your skin at night.
  73. Can you guess what this is?
  74. Shark skin.
  75. A caterpillar's mouth.
  76. The eye of a fruit fly.
  77. An eggshell.
  78. A flea.
  79. A snail's tongue.
  80. We think we know
    most of the animal kingdom,
  81. but there may be millions of tiny species
  82. waiting to be discovered.
  83. A spider also has great secrets,

  84. because spiders' silk thread
    is pound for pound stronger than steel
  85. but completely elastic.
  86. This journey will take us
    all the way down to the nano world.
  87. The silk is 100 times thinner
    than human hair.
  88. On there is bacteria,
  89. and near that bacteria, 10 times smaller,
  90. a virus.
  91. Inside of that, 10 times smaller,
  92. three strands of DNA.
  93. And nearing the limit
    of our most powerful microscopes,
  94. single carbon atoms.
  95. With the tip of a powerful microscope,

  96. we can actually move atoms
  97. and begin to create amazing nano devices.
  98. Some could one day patrol our body
    for all kinds of diseases
  99. and clean out clogged arteries
    along the way.
  100. Tiny chemical machines of the future
  101. can one day, perhaps, repair DNA.
  102. We are on the threshold
    of extraordinary advances,
  103. born of our drive
    to unveil the mysteries of life.
  104. So under an endless rain of cosmic dust,

  105. the air is full of pollen,
  106. micro-diamonds and jewels
  107. from other planets
    and supernova explosions.
  108. People go about their lives
    surrounded by the unseeable.
  109. Knowing that there's so much
    around us we can't see
  110. forever changes
    our understanding of the world,
  111. and by looking at unseen worlds,
  112. we recognize that we exist
    in the living universe,
  113. and this new perspective creates wonder
  114. and inspires us to become explorers
  115. in our own backyards.
  116. Who knows what awaits to be seen

  117. and what new wonders
    will transform our lives.
  118. We'll just have to see.

  119. (Applause)

  120. Thank you.

  121. (Applause)