O Captain! My Captain! Thy Joystick Is Near

Nice overview of how the QM2 gets controlled… no wheel at all. I liked how the Captain said they were just looking out the window while docking in NY (hands free) as the ship was doing a better job than they would have. It’s like the HAL 9000 for cruising the high seas. The crew is there to assure safety and to backstop the technology.

Propulsion pods, joysticks and computers help make the Queen Mary 2 nimble. [New York Times]

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