Rolls-Royce, the British business known for its aircraft turbines and luxury automotive system, revealed a theory version of the vessel in various photos released Tuesday.
Amid growing concern among some technologists about the possibility of self-aware artificial knowledge systems growing a threat to humanity, the organization said it was already conducting “significant analysis of potential cyber risks” to “guarantee end-to-end security.”
The vessel’s purposes could include patrol and surveillance, fleet guard or sea mine detection. Drones could help the craft perform its missions. The organization made no mention of use in combat.
The exact timing of the ship’s rollout was not instantly clear. But the organization said it “expects to see the opening of medium-sized unmanned platforms, especially in leading navies” within about the next 10 years.
“Rolls-Royce is viewing interest from major navies in independent, rather than remote controlled, ships,” Benjamin Thorp, Rolls-Royce general director of naval electrics, automation, and control, said in a report. “Such ships allow a way to deliver enhanced operational capability, decrease the risk to crew and cut both working and build costs.”
The company said the self-sufficient ship would run on electrical drive derived from diesel or gas engines. It would also have solar panels for standby power.
Rolls-Royce has about 50,000 workers in 50 countries and serves many industries, including aerospace, marine and power systems.
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