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The Future Lawyer Weekly Update – w/c 12th June 2017

The Future Lawyer Weekly Update – w/c 12th June 2017
Criminal Law

15 year old girl murders her mother and sister while they slept

Reported by Anna Flaherty

Kim Edwards and her boyfriend Lucas Markham, both aged 15, have been held guilty of the murder of Kim’s mother and sister. This makes Kim one of the youngest double murderers in Britain, as the two were only 14 at the time. The murder took place last April, with reporting restrictions only being lifted this week. The couple have been compared to Bonnie and Clyde in court and allegedly had sex, bathed and watched the Twilight Saga films following the murder that they had planned in a McDonald’s. The pair have both been given 17.5 year terms in prison and the couple are said to share no remorse for their actions.

Read more on The Guardian

Technology

Self-navigating cargo ships to launch by 2025

Reported by Ben Thatcher

Numerous Japanese shipping companies are working with various shipbuilders to develop approximately 250 self-piloting cargo ships. These cargo ships will use AI to plot the best routes, in terms of safety, duration and fuel efficiency. It will also be able to predict certain problems, such as malfunctions, which could help reduce the number of accidents. The first ships will retain a small human crew to oversee operations. However, the goal is to develop completely autonomous vessels in the future.

Fully robotic cargo ships are expected to be faster, safer and cheaper to run. The project will develop on-board AI that will gather data from various sensors to ascertain ocean traffic, weather conditions and so forth to ensure that the ship follows the best route.

A consortium of Japan’s shipbuilders and freight companies are working together on the technology. Shipping companies involved include Mitsui OSK and Nippon Yusen. They are working with shipbuilders, such as Japan Marine United, to share both costs and expertise. Nippon Yusen is also working with DNV GL, a Norwegian Maritime company, for data collection on vessel performance and vessel conditions. Japan Marine is developing a similar data system, with the hopes of diagnosing breakdowns before they occur.

This development is expected to make large impacts on the mining sector. BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are both looking to adopt autonomous ships to transport iron ore, copper and coal. Self-piloting cargo ships could save the iron market an estimated $86 billion per year.

Read more on BBC, Technology review or on The Guardian

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