Forget Skynet, enter Seanet? Autonomous sea-faring robots are here
Back in December, our own Chris Brandrick mentioned Liquid Robotics, a company dead-set on making my fear of robotic overlords a reality with its PacX Wave Glider, a self-controlled swimming robot that made a 9000-nautical-mile journey from San Francisco to Queensland.
This year, the company went and outdone itself with the Wave Glider SV3, an autonomous, self-powered data center complete with processing power, hard drives, and an array of sensors that would make the Enterprise jealous.
Liquid Robotics’s newest future human nemesis is 114 inches long, and it looks like a small submarine attached to a surface-floating solar array. And really, that’s what it is—9 feet of navigation, communication, and sensor electronics packed safely 4 meters (about 13 feet) beneath the surface, attached by a cable to the life-giving solar power above. Its propulsion system relies on a mix of wave and solar power, and it is also capable of moving under its own volition via vectored thrusters.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Wave Glider SV3 is that, according to CEO Bill Vass, the machine can process the data it collects on its own and is highly configurable as far as processors and storage, allowing customers to purchase whatever combination of hardware fits their plan. Communications can happen via fast, low power spurts to satellite since there’s not going to be a ton of raw, unprocessed data.
Designed to do just about anything and do it for a really long time (it’ll go years with regular maintenance on its own steam), this is the perfect vanguard in the coming war against humanity. This is probably what those Terminator Aquabots started out as.