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IBM to build drone ship called the Mayflower that will make same THREE THOUSAND mile voyage as its namesake next year on 400th anniversary of pilgrims' Atlantic crossing IBM is helping to build the world's next generation of autonomous ship  Mayflower is slated to make a trans-Atlantic journey in 2020 The ship will use AI to navigate across waters without human intervention It will conduct marine research on plastics and more says the company 

By James Pero For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:52 BST, 16 October 2019 | Updated: 17:58 BST, 16 October 2019

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IBM has joined efforts to build a fully autonomous ship capable of journeying across the Atlantic.

The tech giant announced on Wednesday that it will participate in a global consortium designed to help materialize the ship, called the Mayflower, which will make the same voyage as its namesake that originally carried pilgrims to what's now the continental US.

Once completed, the self-navigating craft is slated to make a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic on September 2020 - a date that coincides with a 400-year anniversary for the original Mayflower's voyage.

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The Mayflower (pictured in rendering above) plans to make a trans Atlantic journey next September in an effort to carry out marine research and usher in a new crop of autonomous ships

The Mayflower (pictured in rendering above) plans to make a trans Atlantic journey next September in an effort to carry out marine research and usher in a new crop of autonomous ships 

Using artificial intelligence designed by IBM, the Mayflower is being built to adeptly avoid ocean obstacles and complete it's journey from Plymouth England to Plymouth Massachusetts free of any human intervention.   

IBM and partner Promare, a marine research organization, are positioning the ship as a way of advancing research via reducing barriers like cost

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