50 years ago, the notion of a computer taking command was considered “science fiction”. But, much like Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, yesterday’s fiction is today’s reality.
Our world is experiencing change at an accelerated pace which is going to impact the way we do business forever. We are on a trajectory that carries with it both opportunity and responsibility. The opportunities will enable us to run ships and offices more efficiently and effectively, resulting in lowered impacts on the environment and savings of time and money.
The responsibility comes with the need to provide safety and security. Currently, the IMO is exploring the regulatory framework for ensuring this happens; it needs the intentionality of the industry to develop technology and protocols that provide and protect.
And we cannot make the mistake of becoming complacent with these systems—remember the lesson of hubris HAL taught us: