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Monday, February 15, 2016

DARPA to unveil its 130-foot unmanned Sub Hunters robot ship

DARPA to unveil its 130-foot unmanned robot ship in April
DARPA is christening its autonomous robot ship in April, the agency's director, Arati Prabhakar, has revealed at a media roundtable. That's the same submarine-hunting drone defense contractor Leidos began building in 2014, and the same one that will be steered by software you might have helped develop a few years ago. ACTUV (an acronym for its rather unweildy name: the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel) is 132-foot long and weighs 140 tons.
It's designed to be completely autonomous, as that will save the agency a bunch of money. Based on the details DARPA previously shared, the US Navy will deploy sonar buoys to give the drone an idea on where to go. After that, the ship will take over, using long/short-range sonar to detect stealthy diesel electric submarines and follow them around for months. Besides hounding foreign submarines, it can also be used for reconnaissance, to deliver supplies to other ships and counter undersea mines.
DARPA Will Launch A 132-Foot-Long Robot Yacht In April | Popular Science

ACTUV Concept Art
ACTUV Concept Art
DARPA is the Pentagon’s future-looking technology projects wing, and it’s also the world’s foremost source of bad pun acronyms for military machines. Even if the President is turning down Death Stars, there’s still plenty more of the future to mine for upcoming wars. At a media roundtable in northern Virginia yesterday, DARPA director Dr. Arati Prabhakar and deputy director Dr. Steve Walker gave a glimpse of something new and strange: on April 7th, they’ll be christening a new ship that’s 132 feet long and features an onboard crew of exactly zero people.
The full name is “The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel”, which collapses to the "ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel," or ACTUV, pronounced “Active.” DARPA, c’mon. That’s quite a length to go to for a name that doesn’t even capture the coolest thing about this autonomous robot ship.
US Navy's 'ghost hunter' to scour seas for silent enemy submarines | Daily Mail Online
The US Navy is set to unleash an army of 'ghost boats' to scour the coasts for enemy submarines.
They hope to end the growing threat of quiet, diesel powered enemy submarines entering American waters undetected.
Bosses revealed the first 132 foot long ship, officially named 'The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel' will take to the water on April 7th. 
Unmanned Sub Hunters & Robot Battle Managers On the Horizon, DARPA Says
Space battles, unmanned submarine hunters and artificial intelligent systems that help human commanders make split-second decisions may sound like science fiction fodder, but military researchers are hard at work trying to make them a reality.
The U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has put millions of dollars into projects to develop such technologies, as well as other projects to make cheap, reusable rockets and war technology, officials with the agency said Wednesday (Feb. 10) in a news briefing.

Rogue 'Terminators' which can kill without human orders 'will be in use within years' | Daily Mail Online
Killer robots that can execute without human intervention will become a reality within years unless there is a global agreement to ban them, warns a leading scientist. 
Wendell Wallach, an ethicist at Yale University, will today call on the US government to outlaw such machines on the basis they violate international humanitarian law. 
Wallach also warns that technology has become so advanced that a robot capable of killing humans on its own volition will soon become a possibility - much like the rogue machines seen in Arnold Schwarzenegger's hit film, The Terminator.

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