Artificial Intelligence On The High Seas

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The design is based on the Adastra which cuts through the wave instead of riding it.

We are all aware of the effects of what Artificial Intelligence is going to do to the job market regarding transport in general on land, but now tests are underway on the oceans. The Mayflower pictured above is powered by solar and wind energy and is currently crossing the Atlantic which is expected to take 7-10 days normally weather permitting. This is a test voyage however that is going to take upwards of 6 months as they have many tests to complete.


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The award winning Adastra vessel.

There is no crew on board and is being guided by a team of drones plotting it's course looking for wind etc as it cannot just go in a straight line. Sailboats have to tack in order to find the correct wind power.

IBM are involved with the addition of their Electronic Tongue which basically "tastes" the sea water detecting pollution and adding data for oceanic research. The tongue was developed to taste food in order to detect food fraud and to check the ingredients of what is actually in the food.. I think what is more important is some of the other studies and main reason behind the Mayfair project.

The AI is to discover how it can be implemented for autonomous shipping, oil and gas, fishing, security and defence plus telecommunications. That is a whole heap of jobs that could disappear in the future and most likely will. The rate at which things are being developed is quite astounding once you see what is happening around us. I wasn't even aware of these vessels until I read up on the Mayflower project.


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The ship has the equivalent power of 100 Tesla 3's and the battery pack will be it's ballast so not wasted space, but a necessity.

The Yara Birkeland is the first autonomous container ship that has been built and is currently going through sea trials. The goal is to have no crew on this vessel in less than 2 years. Not a massive ship but can still transport 120 containers of the 20ft variety. It is the concept that is worrying as how many jobs will then disappear once this takes hold. Over 2 million is the estimate number just on the merchant seafarers employed around the world currently. Once people get wind of this then there is no future for youngsters looking for a future career in this field.

I think when AI first started being mentioned as replacing jobs we thought of factories and warehousing, but not shipping or fishing or even manning oil rigs. AI seems to be sneaking up on most industries at an alarming rate which will see massive redundancies at some point. Fishing I have no problem with as managing our oceans is a must and controlling quotas etc makes sense for future generations to have a food source.

Many say we should be embracing projects like this with an open mind, but understand the negativity as their jobs are at risk. We tend to think these projects are decades off from fruition, but that is so far from the truth. How long will it be before we see autonomous cars whizzing past us on the freeways and at the same time seafaring vessels won't be that far behind either. Human jobs are going to become redundant in many industries leaving only those with skills that are required and that is becoming crystal clear.

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I think we will look back in a decade and wonder why we let robots take all the jobs. I like seeing real people when I leave my cave, so it's not going to be a fun world to see.

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Technological advancement is a double-edged sword that is for sure. Much of the concerns with technology we have today was also experienced during the industrial revolution.

People will need to evolve along with the progression of technology. If not? Well, it will not bode well with them that is for sure.

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