Who's To Blame When No One Is Manning The Ship?

Law360, New York (October 4, 2016, 10:56 AM EDT) -- Like it or not, technology is creeping into virtually every aspect of our daily lives. In fact, some people are so psychologically attached to their smartphones, that cellphone addiction has been given a clinical name, nomophobia.[1] Mikael Makinen, president of Rolls-Royce Marine predicts, "[a]utonomous shipping is the future of the maritime industry. As disruptive as the smart phone, the smart ship will revolutionise the landscape of ship design and operation."[2]

In April 2016, the U.S. Navy christened the "Sea Hunter," a fully autonomous, unmanned surface vessel.[3] After an initial experimental phase, it will sail the open sea, looking for enemy submarines...

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