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DARPA's Robot Ship Slated For April Unveiling (nationaldefensemagazine.org) 44

93 Escort Wagon writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to launch a 130-foot autonomous ship this year. The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel will be the largest unmanned surface vehicle ever built at 130-feet long. It will be christened in April in Portland, Oregon, and then begin to demonstrate its long-range capabilities over 18 months in cooperation with the Office of Naval Research and the Space and Naval Systems Warfare Command.

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DARPA's Robot Ship Slated For April Unveiling

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  • Or maybe a robot ocean cleaner? How about a robot plastic plucker? A robot oil sucker? Nahh. Lets build a robot warbot!!!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    "It will ... demonstrate its long-range capabilities over 18 months in cooperation with the Office of Naval Research and the Space and Naval Systems Warfare Command." After that it will renegotiate its cooperation.

  • They should be relieved of their duty immediately. I mean ASWCTUV? Please.
    • by BeauHD ( 4450103 )
      IKR?
    • Another robot did it? ;-) May be the military wants to show that they are super efficient these days and they do not waste time on coming up with cute acronyms.
    • Their summary isn't much better:

      The Obama administration requested $2.973 billion for DARPA for fiscal year 2017, the same amount in its 2016 request, and $105 more than what was appropriated, said DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar.

      So that's what, one extra Pentagon-priced can opener in the budget for $105?

  • Wonderful (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jim Sadler ( 3430529 ) on Sunday February 14, 2016 @02:02PM (#51506403)
    Keeping sailors and soldiers and airmen out of harms way, while providing national defense, is a blessing for all in the US. Yet it is also an example of how human employment will decrease and points to the need to change fundamentals of society and economics.
    • Somebody has to build, fuel and maintain the boat - or build and maintain the robots that do those jobs.

      When the robots start building robots, then we're really screwed.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Somebody has to build, fuel and maintain the boat - or build and maintain the robots that do those jobs.

        When the robots start building robots, then we're really screwed.

        Those jobs already exist and are filled. Already people build boats, people fuel boats, people maintain boats, people try to build robots to do those jobs.

        As the original poster stated, this ship eliminates the jobs of the crew typically used to operate such a boat. In this case, that's dozens of people per boat.

  • these things must need lots of instructions from dozen or more of remote handlers. in addition they will depend on, lots of known ( and constantly available and updated) data about locations and conditions, and systems like gps, etc etc.
    these are weak points. and will certainly be exploited.
    more complex the drone/robot, easier it will be to undermine.

  • will be the largest unmanned surface vehicle ever built at 130-feet long

    Wow really? I bet it dwarfs all the other 130-feet long unmanned surface vehicles!!

  • The military can’t continue to rely on big, monolithic weapons systems that take years to develop. It will never have them in time or in the numbers required to fight advanced adversaries, Walker said.

    who the hell is going to fight the US that is sufficiently advanced? serious question because globalization has resulted in making all the advanced countries economically intertwined.

  • Hey, too easy.

  • I'm thinking of the goat and the Thompson Harmonizer in front of the audience in Atlas Shrugged.

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