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Man/woman VERSUS Machine or Man/woman AND Machine?

The shipping industry is rapidly approaching, or in some cases has arrived at, the Age of Autonomy. Daily we are hearing new breakthroughs in how technology is absorbing rote tasks, performing complex activities, and, when coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI), performing many of the tasks normally requiring cognitive function. For some, this generates excitement surrounding increased efficiency and, optimally, reduced costs. For others, it generates fear.

I would submit that much of that fear was created by Stanley Kubrick when he produced the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 1968 introducing HAL (Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer), a sentient computer (or artificial general intelligence) that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with the ship’s astronaut crew. HAL, who was purported to be incapable of making an error, attempted to undermine the mission and destroy the ship and crew (you will have to watch the movie to see if Dr. David Bowman is successful in combating HAL’s efforts).

There are many studies which tout the overarching benefits of automation, that it leads to higher paying jobs through retraining (reference Amazon’s support of $700million to retrain one-third of its workforce) or the Ocean Policy Research Foundation’s claim that we will have a shortfall of 364,000 mariners by 2050. Neither of these examples pose a threat to the need for humans in the future.

So, what are we afraid of? Is it our lack of understanding of the benefits afforded by automation? Is it the spookiness of facial recognition technology at airports (even when I’m having a bad hair day, the machine recognizes me!), is it a sense that technology is outpacing our ability to grasp its merits?

Or is it losing control to HAL and its ilk? While the movie was prophetic, we aren’t there yet!

Keep optimizing,

     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
+1 203 255 4686 (o)
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Guidance on 0.50% Sulphur Marine Fuel 

2019-08-20 – A number of shipping, refining, fuel supply and standards organisations have worked together to produce Joint Industry Guidance. . . READ MORE

Indonesia gets back in line with sulphur cap introduction

2019-08-21 – Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation has reversed its decision to delay the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) low sulphur fuel regulations, and has now. . . READ MORE


One in three LNG carriers on order are Greek 

2019-08-21 – Ten years ago LNG was a rare segment that was not dominated by the Greeks. As the dawn of a new decade. . . READ MORE

No big bang: the future of clean marine fuel is a process of evolution

2019-08-21 – The launch last week of the next two methanol-powered tankers by Waterfront Shipping and Marinvest – and the delivery. . . READ MORE

Norwegian Team Discovers Cheaper Way to Make Hydrogen Fuel

2019-08-23 – Norwegian scientists have developed a material which can make hydrogen from water vapor, instead of liquid water. It pays off, because heat is cheaper than electricity. . . READ MORE


Citigroup’s New Shipping Finance Chairman to Deepen Environmental Focus

2019-08-22 – Citigroup’s veteran shipping finance banker Michael Parker is to become chairman of the bank’s shipping & logistics business, a role. . . READ MORE


World Economic Forum presents the steps to measure blockchain’s value

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World’s first autonomous oil skimmer presented

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