January 09, 2017 at 02:04PM
"The Navy's New Robot Boats Swarm the Enemy on Their Own" #autonomicFuture #readingToday

For now, the Navy sees autonomous surface boats as force multipliers, able to add eyes and ears into its coverage of large swaths of water, and limiting the number of personnel required to conduct routine operations. Instead of four or five sailors crewing each patrol boat, for instance, one or two sailors could remotely monitor a fleet of human-free boats.

Like a swarm of bees, these boats work together to defend their territory.