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Robotic ghost ships are set to be the future for ocean-based work

The age of the robot is truly beginning.

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The idea of a ghost ship came during the nautical era where ships without any living crew continued to sail across the seven seas. The Flying Dutchman and other spectral entities got this name tag, but soon it looks like that will be taking on an entire new meaning.

As the BBC reports, the US-UK Ocean Infinity is looking to unleash a fleet of robotic vessels into the ocean, vessels that will be able to survey the seabed and provide data for the energy, gas, and oil industries, taking over the jobs that currently require ships with 40 to 50 crew members.

Currently, a ship is being tested that is around 78m long and due its robotic elements and slate of modern technological features such as camera, GPS, radars, microphones, satellite communication, and more, it can be manned with only around 16 people on board, with OI aiming to reduce that number even further. It manages to achieve this by having a lot of the operations handled by folk at a base miles away on land.

These boats are also being tapped to handle tasks that are deemed too dangerous for humans, such as mapping underwater active volcanoes. While it seems like these boats are still years away from being the norm, it does look like the future of many ocean-based jobs will soon be replaced and overtaken by remote roles instead.

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Robotic ghost ships are set to be the future for ocean-based work


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