Here’s a use case I hadn’t thought of. It’s coming from none other than Rolls Royce.

“The windows of the bridge serve as augmented reality displays of the vessel’s surroundings, including visualisation of potential hazards that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye.┬áThe system can, for example, pinpoint sea ice or tug boats and other craft that may not be visible to the crew, especially on large container ships.”

This is very cool stuff, but I have to wonder if in an age when self driving cars are speeding quickly toward reality if it’s really necessary to put people on cargo ships at all any more. Why shouldn’t they be piloted remotely by captains who can sleep at home after their shift is over. If we can fly high speed drones in Afghanistan from bunkers in Nebraska there’s no reason we cannot do this.

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