AI-driven robot Mayflower recreates historic voyage

AI-driven robot Mayflower recreates historic voyage

multimedia captionThe full-size, unmanned research vessel will make one of the first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

An unmanned ship aiming to recreate the Mayflower Atlantic crossing 400 years ago this month will set sail from Plymouth harbor on Wednesday.

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will collect ocean and marine life data, including sampling for plastics.

Commanded by an IBM-designed AI-trained robot, using one million nautical imagery, it will complete six months of sea trials before its two-week Atlantic crossing.

The 1620 crossing lasted more than two months.

The original Mayflower, a 100-foot (30m) three-masted wooden ship with canvas sails and a top speed of three knots (6km / h), carried 102 passengers and a crew of approximately 30 from Plymouth to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Two Mayflowers together

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image captionThe original Mayflower was bigger and more impressive but slower and more dependent on humans

The 2020 version, made of aluminum composite, by the non-profit organization ProMare, is a trimaran powered by solar energy batteries, with a backup diesel generator and a maximum speed of 10 knots.

And instead of passengers and crew, it’s packed with technology, including:

  • lidar
  • radar
  • cameras
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) antennas

“Capable of scanning the horizon for possible dangers, making informed decisions and changing its course based on a fusion of real-time data, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship has more in common with a modern bank than its 17th-century namesake. century, “said Andy, chief technology officer at IBM Stanford-Clark said.

For anyone wishing to monitor their progress, the MAS400

the website shows the ship’s current location and status, the course of its voyage, and samples from its research pods.

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