The Last Artifact | Redefining the weight of the world
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The General Conference on Weights and Measures

the weight of the world has been redefined

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It affects every aspect of our lives from the moment we are born, to the food we eat, the cars we drive, and the medicines we take. This object has helped send men to the moon, and satellites into space. It is an object unlike any other, the last of its kind. A literal constant in an ever-changing world, and the weight by which all others are measured. But, in 2018 all this will change. This remarkable object will be resigned to history. It will be redefined.

This is the story of how it came to be, how it came to pass, and what the future holds. This is the story of The Last Artifact.


Jaime Jacobsen

Jaime Jacobsen is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who is passionate about using film to engage audiences in the pressing issues of our times. Her most recent film, Finding Traction, premiered at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, was featured on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and screened in 26 countries. Her passion for filmmaking has taken her to every continent except Antarctica, where she has led documentary trips for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Australia and Tanzania, produced films for Engineers Without Borders in Kenya, and taught filmmaking at Notre Dame University–Louaize in Lebanon. Jaime has a Masters of Fine Arts in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University. She currently teaches as an Assistant Professor in Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. Jaime splits her time between Fort Collins, Colorado, and Bozeman, Montana, where she lives with her husband and two young children.


Ed Watkins

Ed is an award winning producer and director specializing in high-end science, natural history, and adventure documentaries. His films have aired on PBS, the BBC, NOVA, National Geographic, NatGeo Wild, Discovery Networks, CuriosityStream, Amazon Prime, and numerous others. Over the last decade he’s made films about all sorts of things from the world’s smallest ants, to super massive black holes, and everything in between. He currently lives and works in Bristol UK, with his infinitely more talented wife, and young son.


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