One of the great disasters of history is the sinking of the Titanic. The amazing thing about the history of the Titanic is the fact that this ship was built to be invincible.

The Titanic was by far the largest ship ever built, with a length of 900 feet. The ship was intended to transport a large number of people on it across the Atlantic Ocean. A horrible accident led to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 while on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Since it sank, there has been a lot of controversy about what really caused it to sink.

Ethics and AI

Upon entering ethics, we have to talk about whether this ship was really a good idea to build it and what were all the failures that added to the sinking and death of so many passengers.

For this reason we have developed this project to focus not only on who was to blame for this great historical disaster, but also place ourselves in the position of the passengers. In the Titanic a so-called microenvironment was generated where we meet people, with different situations of social class, gender, age and family situation. It is here that Artificial Intelligence can help us to really find out how much it conditioned you to survive these variables.

A fantastic situation to study with our students and thanks to Artificial Intelligence give us the possibility of being able to get a ticket for the Titanic today. Seeing with an 80% effectiveness model whether or not we would have survived based on our current factors.

Real data of the Sinking.

Data studied and analyzed with students of 2º of Baccalaureate.

  • 700 survivors among 2235 passengers.

It can be clearly seen that the third class implies a very high rate of not surviving in the Titanic.

Logically the study of sex in the passengers of the Titanic together with that of the age is fundamental for the creation of the model.

The Titanic had three stops before leaving for New York. Southamptom, Cheriburg and Queenstown. Thanks to the study we have done with my high school students we realized that the place of embarkation was also a variable to take into account for the prediction model.

After the analyzes collected from the public database in which 1300 registered passengers are located, we were able to ascertain that the variables that could give us the highest prediction index were the result.

Age, sex, ticket class, boarding place and if our passenger was traveling alone or accompanied.

Here I share the code and the database of the passengers in case you want to use it. Link

Ethical data of the Sinking.

Captain Smith

Captain Smith ignored seven warnings from his crew and other icebergs on the route they traced. If he had asked for the ship to slow down then at once the Titanic disaster would not have happened

The first idea was that the captain carelessly drove the ship at speeds too high while crossing the iceberg. Since the ship was supposedly indestructible, this was obviously a plausible reason.

Bruce Ismay

The manager and director of the White Star Line was aboard the Titanic. The competition to cross the Atlantic was fierce between maritime companies and the White Star Line wanted to prove that they could cross the Atlantic in six days.

To comply with this schedule, the Titanic could not afford to reduce speed. For this reason it was believed that Ismay put pressure on Captain Smith to maintain the speed of the ship

Thomas Andrews

The belief that the ship was unsinkable was due, in part, to the fact that the Titanic had sixteen watertight compartments. However, the compartments did not reach as high as they should have. The White Star Line did not want them to go up because this would have reduced the living space in first class. If Mr. Andrews, the ship's architect, had insisted on making them at the right height, then perhaps the Titanic would not have succumbed that night.

The construction of the Titanic

  • 269,1 meters long, 28,2 meters maximum width and 18 meters high from the waterline to the deck of the ship.
  • A gross weight of 46,000 tons.
  • The steel plate of the Titanic hull had a nominal thickness of 1.875 cm.

Another theory emerged that the metal that was used to build the ship was too weak for ocean conditions. The last theory was that the screws that held together the steel slabs that formed the Titanic were too short, which caused the steel to tear more easily than it should.

Some questions

  • Most second and third class passengers approached the sinking ship when water entered their compartments. Unethical act?
  • Should the crew have treated all passengers equally?
  • The Titanic was receiving warnings from other 60 ships hours before the collision
  • The ship was sailing at full speed (22 knots), on a moonless night. The design speed was 21 knots.
  • There was space on deck for twice as many lifeboats. Concept supported by the decision of the “unsinkable ship”