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The Robots Roaming the High Seas

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Intelligent, indestructible and with no humans on board, these sailboats are plotting their own course through the waters of San Francisco Bay. If Richard Jenkins gets his way, soon there’ll be hundreds of them – trawling the oceans for data. Video by Victoria Blackburne-Daniell, David Nicholson ---------- Hello World is a Webby and Emmy-nominated video series from Bloomberg that invites the viewer to come on a journey across the globe to find the inventors, scientists and technologists shaping our future. Join journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance on a quest to find the freshest, weirdest tech creations and the beautiful freaks behind them. Watch more Hello World episodes: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-hello-world/ Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_confirmation=1 Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/
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DAW PAWN SHOP (7 days ago)
jasper asis (12 days ago)
Omg people are so gullible... Always assuming innocent usage... Even with so called research the end result will be how can we exploit the f*ck out of this environment and have more babies in the process...
DJS S (13 days ago)
Hey, this great,. If im every lost at sea and one of these come's along. I'll hook my line to it.and be on my way . it will have too pass land or an large boat.
Lex Co (13 days ago)
Can they deliver in 30 minutes or less?
Samuel (14 days ago)
Yeah great more plastic in the ocean.
Dayna Silvey (14 days ago)
Very cool....thank you.
Someone needs to build something like that that would save a lot Harvest and utilize the Plastics that the tree huggers dumped in the ocean for fuel use plastic for fuel burn it in a gasification unit so there will be no black smoke or nasty smoke coming out just a little carbon dioxide in heat vapor which all the plants with love the little carbon dioxide see you there isn't much of it in the atmosphere and then it would be able to dump the biochar the stuff that wouldn't be burnt out in the microbes will eat that but other than that all the Plastics scooped up dried and burnt as fuel in a boat type vessel all automated all self contained so we can just let him go in the oceans and they harvest all the plastic in use it for fuel a hundred percent automated running 24/7
Tracy Greenwood (15 days ago)
Can these be used for search and rescue?
Cocoa Dog (15 days ago)
Great video.
Tim Zarraonandia (19 days ago)
Not once did he mention if it could withstand a shark bite
Fire log Gaming (19 days ago)
And that would be a bad thing why?
Z4ch Stro0 (19 days ago)
If these were used wide scale pirates would steal them
w23857980 (19 days ago)
Some people have too much money.
Hoàng Văn An (20 days ago)
How did they bring it back?
fhhsvnggbh (20 days ago)
indestructible hey..... yeah no.
TRUTH SEEKER (20 days ago)
So do they navigate around a ship somehow????????????????????????
MeJoho (21 days ago)
It's great, but sad for people who want to cross the pacific ocean in a sailboat without seeing a single thing but waves.
Parker Wright (21 days ago)
looks like the famous mythbusters test site
Osmone Everony (21 days ago)
The things rich republicans do who don't know anymore where to put their money. smh
Scott Mcdonald (21 days ago)
Snarky (21 days ago)
Seems like you could scale them up and revolutionize shipping.
ØRJAN BRÅTHEN (21 days ago)
ØRJAN BRÅTHEN (21 days ago)
kropf leuchtenfuß (24 days ago)
This is so cool👍 Such should spread ten times more then all the religious crap. He is Jack Cousteau 2.0👏🏻
Videokidmaker (24 days ago)
SDS Venture SDS Explorer SDS Sailor SDS Jenkins SDS Discoverer
Alaric (24 days ago)
this is really cool
Tony A (24 days ago)
Target practice, yeah!
Sean Rolyat (25 days ago)
Just we need, more crap to clutter up the waterways. I boat to escape this kind of crap. Now they want to take that away too. Were slowly becoming slaves to the machines.
Tail finz (25 days ago)
how do they get internet
Milton Monnin (25 days ago)
Fun stuff to shoot at from your yacht
Brunz M (26 days ago)
And then there's a huge increase in beached whales and "no-one" knows why....
Yiran&Sam Heathcote (26 days ago)
now build submarine drones
Silence Dogood (26 days ago)
Great job...Now all the drug cartels will have them...dumbass!
Jamie Holladay (27 days ago)
This gets kinda scary. I just wonder how well we can defend the air and sea. Is it possible to defend against small scale drones.
Kevin Chamberlain (27 days ago)
This is a con to shore up the dying spinning ball earth scam.
Capt. George (27 days ago)
It will be fun running them down. LOL
Cal G (27 days ago)
with a fleet we can have ocean wide wifi!
Alex Povolotski (27 days ago)
I see multiple military applications.
STRIX MINING (27 days ago)
I love when money spend to understand earth rather than March or out side universe
michael soweto (28 days ago)
May I ask, for what purpose?
bcubed72 (28 days ago)
There's a guy in Botogta that wants to hire him...
vali grad (28 days ago)
awesome ideea !
If they ever make it over to Africa, they will be smashed for scrap metal in seconds.
Pat Ribbing (28 days ago)
medic supply, food, clean drinking water, send it back for a re-supply. send me a 6 pack and some shark bait :)
Pat Ribbing (28 days ago)
where do I sign up?
Lakshan De Silva (28 days ago)
Awesome 👍
Dan Lazar (28 days ago)
Brilliant technology
BiketripsETC (28 days ago)
Can they avoid obstacles?
Fly Beep (29 days ago)
Gotta catch me one of those for my boat collection.
elon musk tryhard wannabe
Money well spent. Thank you!
Bill L (29 days ago)
Sharks go where to food is. Does it really take a Phd. to figure this out?
rainmechanic (29 days ago)
I'm sure he secured the same "Investors' that gave Zuckerberg, Google, and a plethora of other Silicon Valley Data Collecting Companies their startup capital.. CIA, NSA, Dark Permenent State, ect.. These will be utilized to surveil the worlds oceans and will most likely be placed just outside the most well traveled trade shipping routes. More sensors will likely be added in the future or were not mentioned due to classified nature... Bozo's thumbing this up because many have spent the majority of their conscious existence in the post 9/11 Prison Planet USA... " Its like super advanced technology, it has to be great, Drones make us safer.. Right?"
Dave Smith (29 days ago)
There are already weird robots trawling the oceans. A guy filmed one passing under his sailboat (moving just below the surface, presumably to minimize detection). Anyone know anything about them? Who made them? What they're doing out there? Someone said they might be Chinese with a military purpose, then another rumor says they might be part of the chemtrails project.
Sold to be Diers (29 days ago)
Somali Pirate Proof? Might be instrumental in finding "Nessie". 52218
Khamomil (29 days ago)
More junk in the oceans, like there's not enough plastic already. What does it matter what sharks do at the "café"? No doubt these drones can get a lot of data but do we really need it? What sailor will enjoy the sight of a drone while he's contemplating the waves? People should stop worshipping technology.
Matthew Jenkinson (16 days ago)
Khamomil, 25 watt bulb? Rookie, I can light three rooms for that with LED's. And chemtrails and HAARP, etc? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAA!
Videokidmaker (24 days ago)
The information that these unmanned vessels can give us are very valuable because we know so little about our oceans. It is not junk because as Jenkins said they have been sailing for four years and not a scratch.
Dozer1642 (26 days ago)
Khamomil, me too.
Khamomil (27 days ago)
Toilet paper is not plastic, it rots and disappears. I don't own a car. I don't believe any climate issue is caused by humankind except chemtrails, HAARP and other weather mod techniques. I never owned a TV set and am 65. When I'm at my computer at night the only light burning is a 25 watt bulb. Some people actually practice what they advocate.
Dozer1642 (27 days ago)
I knew some idiot would be lurking here in the comment section preaching about the garbage in the ocean. You still produce garbage yet you blame others. You still wipe your ass with toilet paper and live in a wooden house and hate the timber industry. You still drive a car everyday and say that mankind is causing climate change. You still sit in front of your tv at night with all the lights in your house on and say that solar is the best. Stop preaching.
The Tampa Campa (29 days ago)
I can only imagine someday someone lost at sea will be saved by one of these guys
Samual Whittemore (29 days ago)
It looks like the Navy's trimaran drone that they used to base out of San Francisco...except a lot smaller. Their drone was 50 feet long.
Christopher Webber (29 days ago)
Interesting video.  I thought he was going to say they would send it out to the Pacific gyre and study the rubbish collecting there.  That aircraft hanger looks like the one used on Mythbusters - so they can't use that site any more if they were to continue the series?
michael marquis (29 days ago)
should have something like this to clean up plastic and debris in the ocean
Chris B (29 days ago)
So if you run into one and your boat is damaged who is responsible? Should I hold the drone ransom pending compensation?
Chris B (16 days ago)
Matthew Jenkinson sail certainly does not have right of way over large commercial vessels. They appear to rely on luck alone.
Matthew Jenkinson (16 days ago)
Chris B, in most jurisdictions wind powered has right of way. Plus, they're bright orange.
Chris B (20 days ago)
Snarky so you believe it’s always your fault if you collide with a sail boat? Are you ever in charge of a boat? I hope not.
Snarky (21 days ago)
If you run into one, it's your fault. It's a sail boat, not a speed boat.
Adamast (29 days ago)
Can't be bothered by navigation lights, flag or whatever. Let me guess
electro1622 (29 days ago)
I wonder how long before people steal and dismantle these things for parts.
townsville69 (29 days ago)
Is this 'Leeeeerooooy Jenkins !' dad ?
john cotgrave (29 days ago)
do they follow riht of way rules on the sea? i guess technically they are a sailing vessel so they get priority mostly... any AI for that?
Danny (29 days ago)
Excellent story!
4 & 20 Black Birds (29 days ago)
William Leitzell (29 days ago)
First impression? "Problem!"
c dawg (29 days ago)
leave the freakin sharks alone..
Iam AnAmerican (29 days ago)
Hope the Communist B*****DS ChiComs are not stealing the technology.
fasignal (30 days ago)
You didn't explain why people would give 90 million to this project ??
Adamast (29 days ago)
These are sharks with lasers, that's why.
Martin Kaufmann (30 days ago)
INVESTORS? its another military market and another unfriendly venture
En1gm 4A (30 days ago)
Cool idea !!
GregoryC21 (30 days ago)
Properly retro-fitted, could they be used to search for downed aircraft like MH370?
Vincent (30 days ago)
That seal saw an opportunity to work on its tan, and it seized it :D
Capitano Americo (30 days ago)
Very interesting. A lot of potential use, ranging from weather forecast, tsunami warnings to search and relay stations for search and rescue missions.
Merlin Man (30 days ago)
They should be made to collect garbage and take it back to a barge.
nagualdesign (28 days ago)
Yes, make them do it! Damn filthy robots...
LimitedWard (29 days ago)
Not sure if that would work, the added drag of carrying a net to collect garbage might make it difficult for the bots to maneuver. Interesting idea though.
MatPlaysGames YT (29 days ago)
Not a bad idea
BRACEY12345 (30 days ago)
go look at "the ocean Cleanup"
ValhalaFiveSix (30 days ago)
Well at first I thought this was another stupid Silicone valley useless idea but yeah for Science and Research, brilliant.
2Phast4Rocket (30 days ago)
Hello, we already have sattelites monitoring the ocean.
2Phast4Rocket (17 days ago)
Martin Geldart: we have been getting very precised ocean weather, wave heights, ocean currents, etc from satellites for over 2 decades. These Silicon Valley idiots know almost nothing about scientific history. I remember these same SV idiots tried to re-invent farming by making 3D seed planters. LOL. Hell they should have invented fruit harvestors because planting seeds is so easy, pre-historic man already did it.
Martin Geldart (20 days ago)
And how is a satellite supposed to accomplish precise ocean weather reporting and take water samples etc from space?!!
2Phast4Rocket (29 days ago)
Really. I've been in typhoons. Do you think these rickety unmaned contraptions will last 1 hour in 300 mph wind? Yes I do rocketry stuff. While it is very expensive, the return on investment is huge.
Lester Stanley (29 days ago)
not as cheap as this..."hello" .... you need to think about other ways of making a living other than "rocketry" .....its an always changing world, have you thought about crypto currencies??yet??
epSos.de (30 days ago)
*Wonderful technology* that will help humanity to understand the ocean better.
Keenan Powers (30 days ago)
Hire me please, I'd love the opportunity to help build something i think could be very beneficial to the way the world functions. These are ingenious.
Murle Campbell (30 days ago)
Find MH-370 with that ok.... Thanks.
松田もしくろす (30 days ago)
Nothing short of genius. I only wish the video had shown how they sail on a run or even on a reach. Clearly they looked as if they could pinch upwind. I also wanted to see them knocked down by a following sea and then pop back up again. What do they do in the Horse latitudes? (the doldrums) Do they need to hove to in a squall? What type of proximity sensors do they have? How do they navigate through shoals? Can they take advantage of tides? I have lots of questions.
zztop3000 (30 days ago)
Or you could just use solar cells for electric motor with propellers... Just a thought. A logical thought. Trademark!
Sean Sbragia (30 days ago)
What have you done with YOUR life?
Better With A Drone (30 days ago)
I'm agog. I know those hangers from the 70's ex USCG
clavo (30 days ago)
He's on the verge of owning the ocean. Imagine his ability to harvest lobster and crab and tuna! With a few modifications he could open drone-seafish-Restaurant to sell fresh sea product.
nep nep (1 month ago)
Matty Domo (1 month ago)
dancheb (1 month ago)
There is already a company that has been engaged in these kind of operations with drones powered by wave energy - Liquid Robotics that started out in Hawaii.
Anon Anon (1 month ago)
That drone will pay for itself. What is happening at shark cafe? Are they mating or eating? Who knows? "Nobody knows." Let's send multi-million dollar drones to find out!
Pfsif (1 month ago)
Mushroom Elm (1 month ago)
Now build a solar submarine. Only going a few hundred feet under. And when it detects low battery, it goes back up?
Fifury161 (1 month ago)
How awesome would it be to see this if you just been shipwrecked?! They need a human activatable SOS button!
My Perspective (1 month ago)
I wondered if anyone was still building autonomous sailboats.
Nelson Gonzalez (1 month ago)
These would be great in areas of piracy, essentially an early warning system for ships and various navies.
Joshu's Dog (1 month ago)
How much does each one of those drones cost?
Jan Karsch (1 month ago)
Is this the Mythbusters Hanger?
fungussa (1 month ago)
Wow, what a great journey.
Major Marco (1 month ago)
I wonder how they would go patrolling beaches for sharks.
Makar Lock (1 month ago)
Ayy Ashlee Vance (narrator) is the guy who wrote the Elon Musk biography

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