US Navy wants robot ships to talk


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Concerned that the advent of unmanned surface ships can result in collisions with manned vessels, the Navy wants technology that will enable robot ships that talk like humans…The goal is to enable human bridge crews to converse with robot ships using normal speech over VHF radio.

“The nautical rules of the road (COLREGS) provide clear guidance for encounters between two vessels, but they do not directly specify what should happen when three or more vessels come in close proximity to each other at nearly the same time,”…“Mariners commonly deal with such situations by communicating via VHF Bridge-to-Bridge radio. Current Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) have COLREGS reasoning engines, but they cannot incorporate information from Bridge-to-Bridge conversations, nor can they reply to simple maneuver proposals.”

“The Navy seeks an integrated solution that will enable a USV to act much like a human mariner,”…“In particular, the USV should be able to understand secure Bridge-to-Bridge radio transmissions, incorporate their meaning into its world model, develop appropriate maneuvering plans, and respond via voice on the Bridge-to-Bridge radio.”

Well, duh! Of course.

3 thoughts on “US Navy wants robot ships to talk

  1. Roomba says:

    “When the USS John S. McCain crashed in the Pacific, the Navy blamed the destroyer’s crew for the loss of 10 sailors. The truth is the Navy’s flawed technology set the McCain up for disaster.” (ProPublica Dec 20, 2019) https://features.propublica.org/navy-uss-mccain-crash/navy-installed-touch-screen-steering-ten-sailors-paid-with-their-lives/
    “Instead of New Drones, the Air Force Built a Plane-Piloting Robot” https://futurism.com/the-byte/drones-air-force-plane-robot
    “USAF Plans For Its “Skyborg” AI Computer Brain To Be Flying Drones In The Next Two Years
    The service envisions the artificial intelligence system eventually flying larger, more complex unmanned designs and in the cockpit with human pilots.” (March 20, 2019) https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27067/usaf-plans-for-its-skyborg-ai-computer-brain-to-be-flying-drones-in-the-next-two-years

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