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First Electric Autonomous Cargo Ship Launched In Norway

International Business Times

Zero emissions and, soon, zero crew: the world's first fully electric autonomous cargo vessel was unveiled in Norway, a small but promising step toward reducing the maritime industry's climate footprint. By shipping up to 120 containers of fertilizer from a plant in the southeastern town of Porsgrunn to the Brevik port a dozen kilometres (about eight miles) away, the much-delayed Yara Birkeland, shown off to the media on Friday, will eliminate the need for around 40,000 truck journeys a year that are now fuelled by polluting diesel. "Of course, there have been difficulties and setbacks," said Svein Tore Holsether, chief executive of Norwegian fertiliser giant Yara. "But then it feels even more rewarding to stand here today in front this ship and see that we were able to do it," he said, with the sleek blue-and-white vessel moored behind him in an Oslo dock, where it had been sailed for the event. The 80-metre, 3,200-deadweight tonne ship will soon begin two years of working trials during which it will be fine-tuned to learn to manoeuvre on its own.


Candela's C-8 electric hydrofoil speedboat can go 35mph and last over 56 miles before charging

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Just months after introducing the world's first AI-powered, electric hydrofoil, Swedish boatbuilder Candela has unveiled its $339,000 sequel, which can go over 56 miles before it needs charging, the longest range of any electric boat ever produced. Released as a hand-crafted limited edition in July 2021, the Candela C-7 proved such a hot commodity that demand outpaced supply, Eletrek reported, and the company has devised a successor that's easier to produce, the C-8. That is a steep bump in price from $240,000 for the C-7, but the new model uses less energy and is far roomier--about 31 inches longer than its predecessor. That leaves room for a cockpit for eight passengers, a large sun bed, a roomy cabin with a four-person sofa, beds for two adults and two children, and a freshwater shower and marine toilet. Candela says the sticker price on the 27.8-foot C-8 is on par with gas-powered premium powerboats in the 28 to 29-foot class. Candela has unveiled its new all-electric hydrofoil speedboat, the C-8, which it says can break the 50 nautical limit of the C-7, already three times longer than other electric boats.


As U.S. Cruises Resume, Operators Outfit Ships With Contact-Tracing Tech

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

"All of that technology helps health and safety as we return to service," said Jay Schneider, a Royal Caribbean Group senior vice president and its chief product innovation officer. The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. Large cruise ships, capable of hosting 5,000 passengers or more, proved a ready setting for the spread of Covid-19 during the early days of the pandemic. Now, cruises will have the advantage of catering to a population with access to the vaccine, though there is no guarantee every passenger will be vaccinated. Royal Caribbean, which owns and operates the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises brands, recently developed a wrist device, the "Tracelet," to help with contact-tracing.


Transport: All-electric 'flying boat' sports the world's first AI-powered hydrofoil system

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The world's first AI-powered, all-electric hydrofoil boat -- which automatically stabilises itself a smoother ride -- has been demonstrated at the Venice Boat Show. The craft -- the Candela C-7 -- was presented today at the second iteration of the nautical event, which is being held at the Venetian Arsenal until June 6, 2021. The long-range boat, which has a range of 50 nautical miles, is able to decrease its water friction by up to 80 per cent by rising out of the water up onto its hydrofoils. This makes the all-electric craft -- which retails for around £192,000 -- competitive with its fossil fuel-driven peers, sporting a maximum speed of 30 knots. In fact, the C-7 has three times the range of most electric boats.


Korn Ferry Appoints VP of Data Science and Machine Learning

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April 6, 2021 – Korn Ferry has named Tammy Wang as vice president of data science and machine learning for the firm's digital business. She is based in San Francisco. "Tammy has incredible experience working as a leader in the data science and machine learning space. Her breadth of industry and technical knowledge is going to be an asset to our team," said Satish Gannu, chief technology officer for Korn Ferry's digital unit. "She specializes in building teams to deliver robust, scalable platforms to fuel the fast growth of various businesses including online search auction, content monetization and recruiting technology . We're thrilled to have her on board."


Creepy webcam is shaped just like a human eye

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Engineers have created a creepy prototype webcam shaped just like the human eye, called the Eyecam. Inspired by animatronics, Eyecam attaches to the front of a computer monitor and looks left and right – and even blinks – while tracking the face of each individual during a video call. At first glance, it looks scarily realistic, right down to the wrinkles in the skin, the individual hairs that make up the eyebrows and the red vessels over the white of the eye. Eyecam – which is comprised of motors surrounded by 3D-printed silicone – is open source, meaning you could create your own version at home. Most webcams are too small to be seen - but it's unlikely you'll have the same problem with Eyecam, which has been created because'eyes are crucial for communication' Comedian Lewis Spears discovers Prince Philip's death live on-stage St. Vincent PM: Vaccinated cruise ship passengers evacuated first Eyecam has been created by Marc Teyssier and his team at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Saarland University, Germany.


How To Make Digital Transformation Stick - Korn Ferry Focus

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The theory and the reality of digital transformation are very different. Business leaders know they need to re-engineer their organisations to be agile and adaptable. But making that shift happen so that the business is positioned to respond to the changes coming this year, next year and in five years time is, to state the obvious, hard to get right. To find the path to digital sustainability, leaders are struggling to know exactly what it looks like for their business and how to get there. But waiting and watching is not an option for organisations and executives today as complete irrelevance can be reached from a stage of absolute dominance faster than you can say "disruption".


MSC Cruise line reveals 'humanoid' robot bartender for new ship

FOX News

Cruises have been cancelled since last march, resulting in over 100,000 Americans losing their jobs per a November report. Florida has been especially hard hit with the state being home to the three busiest cruise ports in the world. Robots may be able to pour drinks, but can they listen to your troubles? The future of bartending is coming to MSC Cruises' new flagship ship when the MSC Virtuosa launches later this year. The cruise line recently revealed details of its "immersive, futuristic" bar and entertainment experience – including a "humanoid" bartender.


Ocean survey company goes for robot boats at scale

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The maritime and scientific communities have set themselves the ambitious target of 2030 to map Earth's entire ocean floor. You can argue about the numbers but it's in the region of 80% of the global seafloor that's either completely unknown or has had no modern measurement applied to it. The international GEBCO 2030 project was set up to close the data gap and has announced a number of initiatives to get it done. What's clear, however, is that much of this work will have to leverage new technologies or at the very least max the existing ones. Which makes the news from Ocean Infinity - that it's creating a fleet of ocean-going robots - all the more interesting.


5G ferry trial success in Norway

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The partners have successfully demoed a small connected passenger ferry, with an AI captain, in the Norwegian fjord city of Trondheim. The autonomous ferry, named milliAmpère, transported passengers across Trondheim's harbor canal. Ericsson 5G technology enabled Telia to securely support the large amount of data transfers needed to support the autonomous ferry. MilliAmpère is equipped with sensors that record its surroundings and the steering system on board. This generates large amounts of data that needs to be communicated with the control center.