Technology is now all-pervasive. It has crept in, if not dominated many aspects of our lives. The once traditional maritime sector is no stranger to the technological wave that is spreading across all sectors around the globe.
In fact, in the recent past, more technology than ever has seeped into the global maritime industry. From robotics and AR to Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Internet of Things (IoT), we have witnessed this conservative sector embrace and I dare say – invite technological innovations.
One such aspect is ‘Deep Learning’. By definition, Deep Learning refers to, “a new area of Machine Learning research, which has been introduced with the objective of moving Machine Learning closer to one of its original goals: Artificial Intelligence.”
According to EIVA, “deep learning is finding its way into many industries – including subsea and offshore segments. As it makes it possible to let software automatically recognise and localise objects in various types of data, typically photos and video. Deep learning has the potential to save companies specialising in for example pipeline inspections, habitat mapping or UXO detection countless hours of manual work – just to mention a few possible applications.”
Martyn Wingrove singled out Deep learning as one among the top 10 technologies that will shake up the maritime sector in 2018. On the subject, he states, “Computers are getting smarter and IT giants, such as Amazon and Google, are using deeper levels of machine learning to understand their sectors better. These companies are becoming more interested in shipping and transferring their technologies to the sector.
“Amazon is building graphical processing units using deep learning and Microsoft is using field programmable gate arrays. Google is developing neural networks and machine learning on tensor processing units, which are application-specific integrated circuits.
“These technologies enable the corporations to learn more about their customers and develop advanced data centres. Maritime organisations could use these technologies in the new generation of operations hubs that are beginning to emerge, such as the one opened by Thome Group in Singapore near the end of 2017, and those being developed by classification societies and onboard system suppliers ABB, Wärtsilä and Rolls-Royce.”
As technology gets more advanced and is gaining worldwide acceptance in all spheres, it is imperative to gain correct knowledge and awareness so that one can keep abreast of the current happenings in the domain and acquaint oneself with the latest trends in order to be on top of the competition.
Sea News Feature, February 19