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How IoT can write a success story in shipping

The new wave of technologies that are in high demand at the moment? IoT, AI, Big Data, security, new programming paradigms. Using data and digitalization to make assets and shipping operations more efficient is the challenge that IoT undertakes for the years to come.

AI and automation to boost seafarers’ job

Artificial intelligence and automation will improve the human’s place in the near future. Mainly, Jeremy Bogaisky, Deputy Editor at Forbes, quotes that autonomous and remote-control shipping is sure to decrease cost of consumer goods and enhance safety for passenger ferries and cruise liners.

US unveils AI strategy to support military operations

The US Department of Defense issued its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy as part of its efforts to accelerate the adoption of AI and the creation of a force fit for today. The strategy seeks to harness the potential of AI to transform all functions of the Department positively, thereby supporting US servicemembers, but not replacing them. 

World’s first artificial intelligence technology on cruise ship

MSC Cruises launched ZOE, the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant using artificial intelligence technology. ZOE is a voice-enabled artificial intelligence tool, that will be located in every stateroom. The technology provides information depending on the cruise, while it also speaks seven languages. ZOE will be firstly launched on MSC Bellissimma and then will be available in every ship, including future ones. 

Autonomous shipping project tries multiple sensors enhancing safety

The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and Aalto University will cooperate with maritime solution providers Fleetrange and Tallink Grupp on a project to develop autonomous shipping. Mainly, the project’s goal is to create a system that automatically identifies and recognizes objects, such as navigation aids and other vessels around the ship, improving situational awareness.

MIT develops $1 billion plan for a new college for AI

MIT announced a $1 billion plan to create a new college for AI. Namely, MIT will create a new college that includes AI, machine learning, and data science with other academic disciplines. It would be considered as the largest financial investment in AI by any US academic institution to date. Headquartered in a new building on MIT’s campus, the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will be a hub for work in computer science, AI, data science, and related fields.

Portugal launches Bluetech Accelerator for maritime start ups

Portugal’s Minister of Sea Ana Paula Vitorino presented, on January 30, the first edition of the newly-formed ‘Bluetech Accelerator’. ‘Bluetech Accelerator – Ports & Shipping 4.0’ i aims to accelerate maritime-related start-ups. This first edition of the program has as aim the digitization of the port sector, shipping and maritime logistics.

Watch: BP invests in new artificial intelligence technology

BP Ventures has invested $5 million in Artificial Intelligence and named it ‘Sandy’, aiming to improve its upstream digital capabilities. This investment, boosts the company’s continuous work on exploring opportunities to apply machine learning and cognitive computing in its global oil and gas business. It is directed at the Houston technology start-up Belmont Technology, a company that has developed a cloud-based geoscience platform using artificial intelligence (AI). 

Singapore unveils framework for organizations using AI

On the sidelines of WEF meeting underway in Davos, Mr. S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, has unveiled a model governance framework for artificial intelligence (AI), aimed to be adopted by companies in Singapore and globally, to tackle with issues that have emerged with new technology.


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