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How Far Away Are Autonomous Ships?

09/05/2017 9:56 AM
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09/05/2017 10:34 AM

Several thousand miles, depending on what stage of the voyage.

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09/05/2017 11:55 AM

Beat me to it. LOL. I was going to say, just off the horizon, to the east.

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09/06/2017 8:49 AM

I was going to say: far enough away that you see the sails first, and then the ship.

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09/05/2017 2:00 PM

If you waiting for one of them with your name on it to come in, you are probably like me. I will be old and toothless before my ship (or my chip) comes in.

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09/05/2017 3:44 PM

It's maybe a pirate's (or terrorist's) dream, either stealing the cargo, ship and all, or using it as a half a million ton battering ram.

I could just be paranoid, but it seems the world would be a lot more simple and efficient place if everyone were honest.

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09/05/2017 4:53 PM

However, the world never has been, nor never will be "honest" as long as men live in it!

How in the world do "we" (whoever the heck that it is) place a million or half a million ton freighter in the hands of someone we do not really know? How do we know they will turn about and use this corporate asset as a battering ram against one Navy or the other? Who is training the Navy that is too "scared" to blow these cowards out of the water for their treachery/piracy/animosity?

I say shoot first, let someone else sort it out later, but bring our sons and brothers home safe.

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09/05/2017 11:21 PM

James, rest assured. The u.s. follows articles of war and the Geneva conventions. If the transgression is us based, their done.

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09/05/2017 5:31 PM

We are really starting to hear a lot about autonomous things lately. Cars, ships, planes, trucks, pizza deliveries and the like.

There is only one autonomous thing that I really care about.....

My own heart beat.

Without that, none of this other stuff matters to me.

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09/06/2017 4:05 AM

Respect.

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09/06/2017 10:28 AM

"There heeeeere"

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09/06/2017 10:56 AM

I don't know for sure, but I am guessing the U S Navy is wishing they had that option.

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09/06/2017 3:38 PM

Simplistically, I have to ask if (U. S. Navy) ships have (black boxes ?...) that can establish who ''zigged'' when they should have ''zagged'', and therefore, whether such encounters were actually accidental, or intentional?...

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09/06/2017 4:09 PM

It was always my understanding that between sonar, radar, GPS, and of course at least two men with binoculars scanning the horizon it should be fairly easy to not run into another ship considering how big the ships are and how huge the Pacific ocean is.

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09/06/2017 4:34 PM

Except that with the recent collisions we have this: (1) narrow sea lanes, (2) poor visibility conditions (foggy nights?), (3) potential mal-intentioned merchant ship captain? crew???..

rest assured the truth will come out, it just might be classified, though.

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09/06/2017 4:32 PM

That is classified. Don't worry, though, the Department of the Navy, United States of America is all over this.

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09/06/2017 12:22 PM

Essentially, the Titanic was ''on-automatic'' in waters that were supposed to be southerly of then-current ice flows, until an insufferably theoretical iceberg had the unmittigated gall to become an actual iceberg, and further, would not yield right-of-way to such an unsinkable ship... Such rude behavior is not to be tolerated by any such obstreperous icebergs in any polite electronic societies, and I'm sure things in the future won't go wrong... wont't go wrong... won't go wrong...

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09/06/2017 12:31 PM

Of course not, because we will establish the Office of Ice Varience Assignment. (OIVA pronounced (Oy-Vay) whose job it will be to attach autonomously guided outboard motors to icebergs and drive them to the middle east where we will sell the water to pay for the program.

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09/06/2017 1:16 PM

Oh yeah? And who pays for the gas, and actually goes out there with all those five gallon gas cans for Alpha-male refueling maneuvers?

No cigar smoking out by the ice-bergs, it might cause them to melt too fast.

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09/07/2017 9:29 PM

I have some autonomous outboards that will guide themselves to the iceberg without human assistance.

Is there a thin insulation tarp to cover during slow transfer in hot client?

How much to build and what exact mechanism do I need to bring to market?

Will consider partner with willing prototype.

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09/07/2017 10:28 PM

Like this?

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09/08/2017 11:25 AM

Sure, you could use the Mylar "Space Blanket" concept, but then when high winds rip it off, you have to clean up all that plastic. Better would be time spent considering the most fuel efficient path to market, using sails, and perhaps even shaping the iceberg above and below water to reduce drag.

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09/08/2017 12:29 PM

For a type of consequence of such thinking, view ''Colossus, the Forbin Project'', while you still can...

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09/08/2017 12:56 PM

One of my favorites.

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09/06/2017 2:28 PM

Truth be told, modern jet aircraft can already fly ramp to ramp without a pilot's input. Autonomous autos are ubiquitous.

I think we may see the day when autonomous ships ply the oceans without much crew. When these ships get close to ports, a maritime pilot will board the vessel and steer it safely into port and dock it.

Economic pressure will dictate the speed of advancement.

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09/06/2017 3:30 PM

Until Lloyd's of London puts a kabosh on it, or not.

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10/02/2017 9:02 AM

No it's not possible now, only taxi in dubai are possible

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10/02/2017 10:45 AM

Have you ridden it? Seems interesting....

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