Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler
We keep making "smarter" machines. At what time do they decide Humanity is the enemy, to be eradicated? Heaven help us when they learn to program themselves...... and that ain't so far off!
It was tried back in the 1970s. A British shipping company took a general cargo ship and tried the Star Trek TOS episode "The Ultimate Computer" in real time. The transit satellite system had just been released to the civilian market, and it, as well as Loran-C, were tied into the computer controlling the ship, taking inputs from those systems as well as the gyrocompass and the radar systems. A full crew was on board, just in case something went wrong.Everything is going to automation these days. No human casualties on an unmanned ship or drone. Too much can go wrong with electronics and automated equipment. Think is you steel need live human beings for manual work that needs to be done. Also lets say like a fire happens from an artillery shell from the enemy. Who is manning the fire hoses. Who will be at cause when it gets into an accident at sea. There is still mechanical parts that need to be checked, lubed, greased. I don't see a ship running the seas fully automated.