Unmanned Systems Special Report. February 2023 - 2

Making
Machines
Curious
R
emote and
autonomous
vehicles are now
helping us make
discoveries in places where
humans cannot easily go. A recent
mission to explore marine life at the
bottom of the Clarion-Clipperton
Zone between Hawaii and Mexico,
over 5,000 meters below the surface
at its deepest point, discovered
over 30 potential new species.
These uncrewed underwater
vehicles (UUVs) are running missions
that allow humans to make better
decisions (the Clarion-Clipperton
survey was conducted to assess the
impact of seabed mining). They're
also mapping the unknown deep sea,
following a trajectory and mission
instructions designed before the dive,
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then " flying " just a few meters off the
seafloor for hours while relaying data to
a ship above them. These are just two
examples; vehicles can be programmed
to find old sea mines buried in the
ocean floor, inspect pipelines for leaks,
or search for lost shipping containers.
The problem is, right now these
autonomous vehicles lack an important
trait-curiosity. They execute a pattern
(like a lawnmower search) or collect
data and pass it to humans to decide
which objects are interesting, and then
get directed back to those targets.
Soon these missions will be executed
with autonomous vehicles as true
teammates, where a machine is given a
general mission directive and a search
area, then is released to explore and
make decisions about what needs
further inspection, instead of needing
to be remote-controlled or remain in
constant contact for instructions.
Curious machines can modify their
mission to get more information. They
don't just identify targets; they can
realize they've found a new kind of
target. They know enough to say, 'That
looks like a starfish, kind of, but it's
not what I was expecting. I need to
know more.' Of course, machines don't
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