Oh you guys are so pessimistic and cynical it is not even funny. What happened to the American spirit of adventure and innovation that took the oil industry out onto the water, humans to the moon and who built the first (and only) nuclear powered cargo ship?
What happened to American shipyards that were able to mass produce ships cheaply and at a hell of a clip, but now is only able to assemble foreign designed and equipped vessel? Even that slowly, expensively and only because of protectionism.
Why have the world's biggest merchant fleet shrunk to a few dozen ships in foreign trade?
Yes it is easy to blame it on foreigners stealing US technology, working for peanuts and in general on the catchall, phrase "Globalization", but is that actually the reason?.
You may think that Europeans are idiot to spend time and money on developing modern ships, when 40 year old ships can still float (barely) and carry cargo between US ports. although expensive, inefficiently and to the detriment of the environment.
You may believe that companies like Roll-Royce Marine, Wartsilla, Siemens and ABB to mention some, is wasting time and money on developing autonomous ships without any hope of it ever working, or seeing profit down the line, but is that realistic?
Do you actually believing that they doing it just to get subsidize from EU, or the Finnish Government? If so you are delusional, or hung up in the belief that everything has to be like in America.
New technology will force itself on you, whether you like it or not. You can either be in the forefront, or play catch up down the line. Silicon Valley isn't the only place where innovation is happening and digital media technology isn't the only high-tech industry.
The technology and machinery required to develop autonomous ships are not dependent on Silicon Valley, it is being developed and financed in Europe.
Watch for China getting in on the act once the basics are in place. Americans and Europeans underestimate what is happening in China at the moment at their peril. It is no longer a place only for cheap knock-off production, but a place of innovation today, more so in the future. You can still get things made cheaply in China, incl. ships and machinery, but you can also get high quality, high tech equipment made there if you are prepared to pay for it.