The Ship with No Crew

Via:  Bob Nelson  •  one week ago  •  6 comments

By:   BBCWorld

The Ship with No Crew

A full-size, crewless research ship is to make one of the world's first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

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384 A few days ago, we had a wind-powered cargo ship...

Maybe something really is happening!

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512 Promare , a non-profit marine research organisation, has worked with IBM, a global consortium of partners and scientific organisations to build the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS).

Launching from Plymouth in the UK on 16 September 2020, the ship will travel to Plymouth, Massachusetts, after spending six months gathering data about the state of the ocean.

With no crew on board, Andy Stanford-Clark, chief technology officer for IBM in the UK, explains how an AI 'captain' will plot the ship's course.

Video by Jennifer Green, interview by Ania Lichtarowicz


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Bob Nelson
1  seeder  Bob Nelson    one week ago

Cool tech!

2  Kavika     one week ago


Bob Nelson
2.1  seeder  Bob Nelson  replied to  Kavika @2    one week ago

So maybe in a few years, we'll have wind-powered, AI-skippered, crew-less cargo ships.

That would be cool...

2.1.1  TᵢG  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1    one week ago

Imagine also a cargo ship with a load of air drones it can launch to provide eyes over a large perimeter around the ship to detect threats.   Imagine then autonomous vessels which drop submarine probe drones to gather images and samples or to inspect technology such as the transatlantic fiber optic communications cables.

Bob Nelson
2.1.2  seeder  Bob Nelson  replied to  TᵢG @2.1.1    one week ago

There is already a fleet of autonomous drones muddling about in the Pacific. Supposedly doing sampling and analyses, but I think mainly doing proof of concept.

There could be some really interesting stuff in the next few years.

3  TᵢG    one week ago

Interestingly, most every basic application we can imagine is coming within the next few decades.   The biggest challenge will not be the technology but rather the security to guard against pirates.


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