Port Technology is proud to announce the publication of 2038, A Smart Port Story: Part 1, a new novella taking place in a port of the future, by Dr Eva Savelsberg and Matthew Wittemeier of INFORM.
2038 has already made waves in the industry after Dr Savelsberg announced the publication of the novella along with her keynote presentation at PTI's new Smart Ports & Supply Chain Technologies Event recently in Rotterdam.
In a bold move, Savelsberg began her presentation from the year 2038, taking the audience on a hypothetical ride through the developments that have happened within the port sector and the wider world since 2018.
The changes she remarked upon are deeply explored in Part 1 of 2038.
Dr Eva Savelsberg delivers her keynote presentation at the SPSCT conference
2038 envisions new ports taking the mantle of transhipment global giants due to new Arctic routes, AI bots managing whole terminals, and political and social skirmishes building in the backdrop of increased robotization – all in the winding narrative surrounding a fatality within a terminal.
The ‘anti-techs’, a seditious group with a hostile attitude toward technology, blame the AI bots, while the terminal search through their data to find out why, and how, a human even made his way onto terminal grounds which are now strictly reserved for bots only.
Has the security system been breached? Was it an inside job? Was it the bots? These are the questions the protagonist of the piece, INTERPOL official ‘Douglas’, must find answers to.
PTI Editor Richard Joy said: “This piece is a pleasure to publish and sets a great precedent for both Port Technology and INFORM.
“We want to push the boundaries and foster creativity and INFORM and Dr Savelsberg are ideal partners for us in doing that.
“I really love this piece. It offers a fascinating vision into a potential future and carries a very sophisticated town throughout.
“I’ve also been impressed with Dr Savelsberg and Matthew Wittemeier’s creative writing abilities. Part 1 is deeply engrossing with solid characterisation and dextrous plot management.”
Part 2 of 2038: A Smart Port Story is set to be released at the next Port Technology conference, the Container Terminal Automation Conference (CTAC) 2019 on May 6-8, 2019.