A viral New York Instances headline printed Wednesday requested, “Are You Prepared for Sentient Disney Robots?”
Based mostly on Twitter, the reply to date appears to be “Completely not.”
The Walt Disney Co. is within the technique of creating hyper-realistic, free-roaming robotic variations of beloved characters to populate the grounds of its parks. Labeling them “sentient” could also be leaping the gun a little bit bit, as the concept of robotic sentience is, to place it mildly, difficult. However the creations are slated to have “cameras and sensors” that allow them “make on-the-fly selections about what to do and say,” the Instances reported.
The Instances additionally described an present 3-foot-tall robotic Groot that may reply to an individual’s actions and demeanor.
However whereas Disney executives see the bots as a technique to intrigue youthful generations and “keep related,” some individuals had been extra apt to see them as abjectly terrifying.
On Twitter, a variety of jokes had been made about “Westworld,” the HBO collection (primarily based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film) a couple of “Wild West” theme park full of androids which are inconceivable to differentiate from human beings. (With out delving into too many spoilers, it seems that park wasn’t an important concept.) Some additionally referenced “The Simpsons” episode “Itchy and Scratchy Land,” which includes a robotic rebellion at a theme park. (That episode was additionally partially primarily based on Crichton’s “Westworld.”)
In any case, if the considered a company theme park populated by humanoid robots that will or might not grow to be more and more self-aware fills you with dread, attempt to shake it off by studying some humorous tweets about it.
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