Because radio signals die rapidly in water and sonar fails to break through the water's surface, communication between submarines and airplanes has never been possible. However, researchers at MIT have developed new technology that might just change that.

The MIT Media Lab created an underwater speaker that transmits sound traveling as pressure waves and a sensitive radar that can detect the vibrations these pressure waves create on the water’s surface. This new technology could revolutionize not only communication between sky and sea vessels, but the monitoring of marine life and the collection of data for ocean exploration.

What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of this technology? Do you have any concerns about humans' growing ability to connect to and track each other and other living things across all environments? Join the discussion on Vialogues.

Excerpts from the discussion

@01:44 Rebecca Sullivan: I'm excited about the potential use of this technology to locate planes or ships that have gone missing underwater. However, its application for communication between submarines and airplanes seems limited, because only one-way communication from sea to sky is possible.

@01:56 Morgan Platt: Yes I definitely have concerns. Because we usually use the information we gain to exploit nature and animals, rather than support and protect them. There is a growing concern about the environment and I hope that we can change our approach.