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Autonomous Robot Ship Mayflower Sets Sail Mid-May04:43
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The Mayflower autonomous ship. (Tom Barnes for IBM)
The Mayflower autonomous ship. (Tom Barnes for IBM)

A new Mayflower — powered mostly by solar — will travel from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, without humans. While some laud the AI ship's mission to collect data for scientific research, there are questions about the use of the Mayflower name and baggage that comes with it.

Ari Daniel of IEEE Spectrum reports.

This segment aired on May 4, 2021.

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