How the little Septapus
helps the AI Captain
sail the MAS400
Text and Illustrations by
Beth Renneisen and David LaFontaine
A special ship is sailing the seas to study what is going on in the oceans as the Earth gets warmer. It is known as the MAS400, short for “Mayflower Autonomous
Ship.” Autonomous is a big word that means the ship can do things on its own without any people aboard. Instead, the boat’s sensors do many tests and the super computer AI “Captain” on board uses Artificial Intelligence to then decide what the boat will do. In that ship is a little septapus named Artie. He is special, too.