Powered by AI and the energy from the sun, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) will be able to travel further and reveal more about the ocean. Working in tandem with scientists and other autonomous vessels, the new-generation Mayflower provides a flexible and cost-effective platform for deepening understanding of critical issues such as global warming, ocean plastic pollution and marine mammal conservation. MAS is led by marine research organisation ProMare with IBM acting as both lead technology partner and lead scientific partner for the project. Other partners are listed here.

This is Artie - the world’s one and only, seven-armed octopus chatbot. He’s hitching a ride on the Mayflower Autonomous Ship and inspiring a global dialogue on the health of the ocean. Find...