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2018-02-06 Science & Technology
Terrifying 'Sea Hunter' drone warship: Self-driving 132ft vessel can spend 3 months scouring oceans for hostile submarines WITHOUT a crew will be put in action by the US Navy this year
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Posted by Anomalous Sources 2018-02-06 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [306 views ]  Top

#1 Hopefully it will blow up if someone fuc&s with it.
Posted by gorb 2018-02-06 02:53||   2018-02-06 02:53|| Front Page Top

#2 How much did DailyMail pay DARPA for the video?
Posted by Seeking cure for ignorance 2018-02-06 02:55||   2018-02-06 02:55|| Front Page Top

#3 Hard to get terrified of any boat outfitted with pontoons.
Posted by Woodrow 2018-02-06 05:14||   2018-02-06 05:14|| Front Page Top

#4 Hope they lube the drivetrain
Posted by Enver Flusock4230 2018-02-06 06:46||   2018-02-06 06:46|| Front Page Top

#5 Skynet smiles.
Posted by Procopius2k 2018-02-06 07:27||   2018-02-06 07:27|| Front Page Top

#6  Not Skynet but Itself the difference is that Itself doesn't smile!

""Itself!" (1962)

To my amazement, this story appeared in the January 1962 issue of Scientific American, alongside articles like "Two-Phase Materials," "The Fine Structure of the Gene," and "Aftereffects in Perception." But when I went to the august website of Scientific American I found no references to my man Van. Hmmm... the mystery is explicated at the icshi.net site. Van Vogt, as well as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Fritz Leiber, and Frank Riley, sneaked into the pages of Scientific American when they were hired by Hoffman Electronics Corporation to pen short short stories to be placed in the firm's two-page ads. (The advertisements have the theme "we are turning science fiction into reality!")

"Itself!" is about a self aware, apparently self-directed submarine that protects the Pacific from space aliens who seek to hide in the ocean depths prior to nuking us into oblivion. This story is short, but Van Vogt packs it with futuristic weapons and even some laughs. It seems that the ship's computer has not only been programmed to act like a territorial animal, it also has a subroutine or a secondary computer that eggs it on, working on its machismo to get it to do its job. When an alien ship approaches, this voice, called by Van Vogt, "The Alter Ego," nags "You're not going to let somebody invade your territory, are you?" When the aliens score a hit on Itself, the Alter Ego says, "You're not going to let them get away with that, are you?" Somehow I found this very amusing.

The story suits the ad because Hoffman built a superior periscope for U. S. Navy submarines. The Hoffman ad also indicates that they built some kind of model or novelty item based on the story, but they provide limited details about this item."


Posted by Eohippus Slack5175 2018-02-06 08:31||   2018-02-06 08:31|| Front Page Top

#7 Hopefully this works better than LCS or DDX1000. Maybe they can set it to patrolling for narcosubs coming up from South America...
Posted by ed in texas 2018-02-06 09:05||   2018-02-06 09:05|| Front Page Top

#8 Okaaaay? Umm, why? All AI-controlled vessels should start with the following design parameter: An Expendable Expended munition.
Seems too large given that we have yet to build self-repairing robotic systems. If something breaks it needs a people to come fix it.
Posted by magpie 2018-02-06 16:27||   2018-02-06 16:27|| Front Page Top

#9 I wanna a BOLO.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2018-02-06 16:42||   2018-02-06 16:42|| Front Page Top

#10 The International Transport Workers' Federation, the union representing more than half of the world's more than one million seafarers, has said it does not believe technology will ever be able to replace the ability of humans to foresee and react to the various dangers at sea.

Where you stand often depends on where you sit.

How will it repeal boarders? Any firehoses on board? A manperson with a cutting torch could be a b*tch.
Posted by B. Poodle6475 2018-02-06 16:57||   2018-02-06 16:57|| Front Page Top

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