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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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elitehax (3 days ago)
This will never take off and if they do they'll all be trashed by running into a cargo ship or running ashore somewhere random and being stolen by south american gangs
Justin Hall (5 days ago)
how many has china kidnapped?
Daniel Webb (7 days ago)
Only 7-8 months?
Damon Kraft (9 days ago)
Please do a follow up on this guy
Tahoe Jones (9 days ago)
Fantastic!
Isaac Lockwood (10 days ago)
think how much disturbance this will cause to ecosystems and environments, not to mention opportunities for undetected international drug smuggling.
Krommandant (10 days ago)
Pretty cool design! I was wondering if there are other commercial applications for this? Maybe a larger scale model for eco-friendly tourism?
timber_beast (10 days ago)
straight outa Alameda
Kai (11 days ago)
looks like a yeezy
Jack Gapes (11 days ago)
they should send one to the bermuda triangle and see what happens
mixed emotion (11 days ago)
You are being watched. Even in deep sea. 👓
RKA4 (12 days ago)
Its a great initiative...if we can know more about them then we can preserve those spots
André Borges (12 days ago)
as long as you pick them up from the ocean when they are no longer useful! sure be my guest
thehALomolov2 (12 days ago)
One problem... Isn't international waters outside everyone's jurisdiction, so they're no repercussions to deter people from destroying the drones...
oSJme (12 days ago)
I wanted to write something about drug transport, scrolled down and saw many comments with the same thought :D
Stone (12 days ago)
why not trawling for trash?
DarqeDestroyer (14 days ago)
These would be perfect for smuggling stuff around the world. Put the drugs / guns / money / whatever inside it, take it down to some deserted stretch of beach and throw it in the sea, programmed to sail thousands of miles across an ocean to some other deserted stretch of beach where someone else is waiting to pick it up. And you know what? It'll happen. I mean, if I have thought of this, then other people will think of it too, epecially those who want to smuggle stuff. They will inevitably be used for that eventually. I mean, it's perfect, it would give them a way to smuggle stuff from pretty much anywhere to pretty much anywhere else, with practically zero risk of being caught.
LiNERROR (15 days ago)
After the Honey Badger reference, I love this guy.
Hayden Thring (16 days ago)
I've seen 2 of these this month in different Australian harbour's one with a smashed sail .
Part Time (17 days ago)
Cutting sharks in half?
vonkuri a (23 days ago)
90 million dollar .. where the hell these investors came from ?
DAW PAWN SHOP (1 month ago)
FASCINATING STUFFFFFFFFFFFF
jasper asis (1 month 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...
DJ S (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Can they deliver in 30 minutes or less?
Samuel (1 month ago)
Yeah great more plastic in the ocean.
Dayna Silvey (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Can these be used for search and rescue?
Cocoa Dog (1 month ago)
Great video.
Tim Zarraonandia (1 month ago)
Not once did he mention if it could withstand a shark bite
Fire log Gaming (1 month ago)
And that would be a bad thing why?
Z4ch Stro0 (1 month ago)
If these were used wide scale pirates would steal them
w23857980 (1 month ago)
Some people have too much money.
Hoàng Văn An (1 month ago)
How did they bring it back?
fhhsvnggbh (1 month ago)
indestructible hey..... yeah no.
TRUTH SEEKER (1 month ago)
So do they navigate around a ship somehow????????????????????????
MeJoho (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
looks like the famous mythbusters test site
Osmone Everony (1 month ago)
The things rich republicans do who don't know anymore where to put their money. smh
Scott Mcdonald (1 month ago)
Amazing
Snarky (1 month ago)
Seems like you could scale them up and revolutionize shipping.
ØRJAN BRÅTHEN (1 month ago)
SEE : NASA WARFERE DOCUMENT
ØRJAN BRÅTHEN (1 month ago)
SEE FLAT EARTH THE TRUTH
kropf leuchtenfuß (1 month ago)
This is so cool👍 Such should spread ten times more then all the religious crap. He is Jack Cousteau 2.0👏🏻
Videokidmaker (1 month ago)
SDS Venture SDS Explorer SDS Sailor SDS Jenkins SDS Discoverer
Alaric (1 month ago)
this is really cool
Tony A (1 month ago)
Target practice, yeah!
Sean Rolyat (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
how do they get internet
Milton Monnin (1 month ago)
Fun stuff to shoot at from your yacht
Brunz M (1 month ago)
And then there's a huge increase in beached whales and "no-one" knows why....
Yiran&Sam Heathcote (1 month ago)
now build submarine drones
Silence Dogood (1 month ago)
Great job...Now all the drug cartels will have them...dumbass!
Jamie Holladay (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
This is a con to shore up the dying spinning ball earth scam.
Capt. George (1 month ago)
It will be fun running them down. LOL
Cal G (1 month ago)
with a fleet we can have ocean wide wifi!
Alex Povolotski (1 month ago)
I see multiple military applications.
STRIX MINING (1 month ago)
I love when money spend to understand earth rather than March or out side universe
michael soweto (1 month ago)
May I ask, for what purpose?
bcubed72 (1 month ago)
There's a guy in Botogta that wants to hire him...
vali grad (1 month ago)
awesome ideea !
If they ever make it over to Africa, they will be smashed for scrap metal in seconds.
Pat Ribbing (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
where do I sign up?
Lakshan De Silva (1 month ago)
Awesome 👍
Dan Lazar (1 month ago)
Brilliant technology
BiketripsETC (1 month ago)
Can they avoid obstacles?
Fly Beep (1 month ago)
Gotta catch me one of those for my boat collection.
elon musk tryhard wannabe
Money well spent. Thank you!
Bill L (1 month ago)
Sharks go where to food is. Does it really take a Phd. to figure this out?
rainmechanic (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Somali Pirate Proof? Might be instrumental in finding "Nessie". 52218
Khamomil (1 month 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.
Noel (17 days ago)
The sharks might be dealing drugs !
Matthew Jenkinson (1 month ago)
Khamomil, 25 watt bulb? Rookie, I can light three rooms for that with LED's. And chemtrails and HAARP, etc? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAA!
Videokidmaker (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Khamomil, me too.
Khamomil (1 month 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.
I can only imagine someday someone lost at sea will be saved by one of these guys
Samual Whittemore (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
should have something like this to clean up plastic and debris in the ocean
Chris B (1 month ago)
So if you run into one and your boat is damaged who is responsible? Should I hold the drone ransom pending compensation?
mixed emotion (11 days ago)
Chris B i ask if that drone damaged your boat?
Chris B (1 month ago)
Matthew Jenkinson sail certainly does not have right of way over large commercial vessels. They appear to rely on luck alone.
Matthew Jenkinson (1 month ago)
Chris B, in most jurisdictions wind powered has right of way. Plus, they're bright orange.
Chris B (1 month 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.
electro1622 (1 month ago)
I wonder how long before people steal and dismantle these things for parts.
townsville69 (1 month ago)
Is this 'Leeeeerooooy Jenkins !' dad ?
john cotgrave (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Excellent story!
4 & 20 Black Birds (1 month ago)
brilliant.
William Leitzell (1 month ago)
First impression? "Problem!"
c dawg (1 month ago)
leave the freakin sharks alone..
Iam AnAmerican (1 month ago)
Hope the Communist B*****DS ChiComs are not stealing the technology.
fasignal (1 month ago)
You didn't explain why people would give 90 million to this project ??
Adamast (1 month ago)
These are sharks with lasers, that's why.
Martin Kaufmann (1 month ago)
INVESTORS? its another military market and another unfriendly venture
En1gm 4A (1 month ago)
Cool idea !!
GregoryC21 (1 month ago)
Properly retro-fitted, could they be used to search for downed aircraft like MH370?
Vincent (1 month ago)
That seal saw an opportunity to work on its tan, and it seized it :D
Capitano Americo (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
They should be made to collect garbage and take it back to a barge.
nagualdesign (1 month ago)
Yes, make them do it! Damn filthy robots...
LimitedWard (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Not a bad idea
BRACEY12345 (1 month ago)
go look at "the ocean Cleanup"
ValhalaFiveSix (1 month ago)
Well at first I thought this was another stupid Silicone valley useless idea but yeah for Science and Research, brilliant.
2Phast4Rocket (1 month ago)
Hello, we already have sattelites monitoring the ocean.
mixed emotion (11 days ago)
2Phast4Rocket but they need faces of all the sailors and confirm it with their database. Privacy ends here.
Christopher Cardona (13 days ago)
Lester Stanley how many of these would you need to accomplish the same data collection as a single NOAA satellite? Alot, I doubt this is cheaper in any way and definitely not faster.
2Phast4Rocket (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
And how is a satellite supposed to accomplish precise ocean weather reporting and take water samples etc from space?!!
epSos.de (1 month ago)
*Wonderful technology* that will help humanity to understand the ocean better.

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