UBC students hope ‘sailbot’ makes history crossing Atlantic solo

Geordan Omand, Globe, Mail, Feb 04, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Why did the robot cross the ocean? "This summer, a team of engineering students from the University of British Columbia is hoping its 5.5-metre-long boat will sail into the history books as the first seafaring vessel to successfully traverse the Atlantic entirely solo.... 'Basically we’re trying to make a big, big sailboat, make it autonomous and sail it across the Atlantic Ocean.'" It's hard to imagine a better way to learn robotics, oceanography, weather forecasting.... but what should it be called? A rowbot? A roboat?

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