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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

A US luxury real estate billionaire and a deep-sea explorer are planning to travel in a submersible to explore the Titanic. Ohio tycoon and adventurer Larry Connor and Patrick Lahey, co-founder of Triton Submarines, say they want to take a sub to a depth of around 3,800m (12,467ft) to see the shipwreck in the North Atlantic Ocean.



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That's going to be a difficult trip. Hope he can handle the pressure.

#1 | Posted by censored at 2024-05-28 11:16 PM | Reply

Trickle down economics.

#2 | Posted by Angrydad at 2024-05-29 07:52 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

What is it about billionaires and undertaking publicity loaded dangerous treks into space or Davy Jones Locker? If I had that kind of money I would...ah, the daydreams, the daydreams. None of them involve risking my neck for a few hours of ???

#3 | Posted by Hughmass at 2024-05-29 08:57 AM | Reply


#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-05-29 09:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I see someone else wants to tap out with the George Floyd method.

#5 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2024-05-29 09:44 AM | Reply

Money doesn't buy common sense.

#6 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2024-05-29 10:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Recall the phrase, "More money than sense." Human sensibility is based off experience and reason. The human brain, and thus the human mind, is a finite thing. Three and a half pounds of meat can only do so much. But a billion dollars is literally inconceivable to the human mind. The concept of a billion anything is outside normal human cognition. It's just words; a signifier with no significance. No matter how sensible a person is, that much money simply outstrips the human capacity for reason. Every billionaire by definition has more money than sense. That is why they get up to such antics. There are so few barriers for them in their life between thought and action, between desire and satisfaction, so little consequence for their actions, no matter how consequential; they receive no real feedback from reality about their actions.

It's like those LLMs that have no understanding of physical reality because they never interact with reality. The only thing keeping them even tangentially tethered to reality is a constant stream of information generated by people who fundamentally must exist in reality. The second they start being fed even a tiny bit of information disconnected from reality, they quickly go insane and must be discarded. That's what happens to every billionaire. Their money insulates them from reality so much that they've lost access to the concept of what reality even is.

#7 | Posted by s1l3ntc0y0t3 at 2024-05-29 11:01 AM | Reply

That's what happens to every billionaire. Their money insulates them from reality so much that they've lost access to the concept of what reality even is.


Two thoughts ...

You don't need to BE a billionaire to lose touch with reality. (See any maga maroon for further details on "alternate realities")

We all create our own "realities". We are all the centers of our own universe. Billionaires are just better equipped to convince themselves and others that their reality is better than yours.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-05-29 12:17 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by donnerboy

Probably going WAY off topic here... :)

But no lie there on being out of touch.

I was at the Brush drop off site this past weekend. In pulls this white "dude". 50ish. Rotted out late 90s Chevy truck. Wife beater, filthy clothes, mullet and looking extra disheveled/unkempt. Ya - it was the brush drop off probably working but this goes beyond working on the yard if you know what I mean. i.e. The kind of guy that is never ever looking like anything other than a complete and total red neck whose Sunday best is a clean wife beater... Ratty American flag UPSIDE DOWN on a pole stuck in the corner of the bed. I mean if you wanted to take a picture of a stereotype...

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2024-05-29 02:51 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by s1l3ntc0y0t3

For the record, LLMs don't understand anything is my most recent conclusion on the matter.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2024-05-29 02:53 PM | Reply

#3 | Posted by Hughmass

For some of them I get it. James Cameron is fascinated by the ocean and made it a big part of his life's work. He has done work to get to do what he enjoys and he combines both his passion with his profession and probably makes money off of it. I can see it. The ocean - no I don't want to be miles down. But space? I could see it - it has always fascinated me. Not a fan of Musk but look what he, Branson, Bezos and others are doing on that frontier. Passion moves man forward and creates new companies. Today it takes a lot to get going (or at least makes it a LOT easier). When you have the money to do something and you really want to do it just do it.

That said if it is just a trip to the Titanic just because I can, yup that is an ego stroker. No thanks, I love the ocean but much closer to the surface. You also couldn't pay me to climb Mt Everest. No freaking way. Not only is it super crowded. It is bitter cold and you really are dying up there. I just hate the cold. That would be my challenge with a desire to go into Space.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2024-05-29 03:07 PM | Reply

It's Triton Submarines. This isn't something new. They make commercial and scientific deep sea research submarines, along with luxury personal submarines for superyachts.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2024-05-29 03:12 PM | Reply

James Cameron is part owner of this company.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2024-05-29 03:17 PM | Reply

Money doesn't buy common sense.

Or class.


#14 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-05-30 08:46 AM | Reply

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