This article was published on November 23, 2012

We’re doomed: Disney is building interactive robots that can juggle with humans


We’re doomed: Disney is building interactive robots that can juggle with humans
Matthew Panzarino
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Matthew Panzarino

Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.

The animatronic figures at Disneyland are based on decades-old hydraulic technology, but they’re continuously being improved. Disney Research Pittsburgh even has an entire lab where it plays around with touch and robotic technology.

Some of that stuff, like the juggling and catching figure below, seems completely primed to make an appearance in the park. I mean, this is pretty amazing. I love the animations that they built-in to simulate emotion when it misses a catch, that’s very Disney.

Still, I can’t help but think that we’re one step closer to our doom. First, they’re juggling, but soon they’ll be pulling triggers and crushing human skulls to dust.

 

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