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On April 19th a 21st century version of the Mayflower will depart Plymouth England without a captain, crew or passengers bound for the now, not so quite new, world and expected to arrive here in early May.

The 50 foot Mayflower Autonomous Ship will take about two weeks to complete the wind-solar powered IMB funded journey. The “captain” of the ship is an computer which has learned to identify various sea going obstacles after analyzing over a million images.