Picture courtesy of MicrosoftIn The Future of Data Centres, Underwater we look at Project Natick, a Microsoft research project to manufacture and operate an underwater datacenter.The initial experimental prototype vessel, christened the ‘Leona Philpot’ after a popular Xbox game character, was operated on the seafloor approximately one kilometer off the Pacific coast of the United States from August to November of 2015. Project Natick reflects Microsoft\u2019s ongoing quest for cloud datacenter solutions that offer rapid provisioning, lower costs, high responsiveness, and are more environmentally sustainable.We\u2019re learning how to reconfigure firmware and drivers for disk drives, to get longer life out of them. We\u2019re managing power, learning more about using less. These lessons will translate to better ways to operate our datacenters. Even if we never do this on a bigger scale, we\u2019re learning so many lessons. One of the things that\u2019s so fun about a CEO like Satya Nadella is that he\u2019s hard-nosed business savvy, customer obsessed, but another half of this brain is a dreamer who loves moonshots. When I see something like Natick, you could say it\u2019s a moonshot, but not one completely divorced from Microsoft\u2019s core business. I\u2019m really tickled by it. It really perfectly fits the left brain\/right brain combination we have right now in the company.Peter Lee, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research NExT.Learn more about the project at Microsoft’s blog http:\/\/news.microsoft.com\/?p=276011and at\u00a0http:\/\/www.projectnatick.com.***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.