As if Elon Musk’s ‘Tesla Bot’ wasn’t scary enough, the Walt Disney Company announced last week that they have plans to fill their theme parks with extremely realistic, free-range robots. Seeing someone dressed up as Cinderella or Buzz Lightyear is one thing, but imagine all of the park’s characters are just walking, talking Westworld androids. The propensity for malfunction is enormous, and I can already imagine headlines like “Animatronic Breaks Guest’s Arm While Their Picture Was Taken,” or “Mickey Mouse Robot Decapitates Tourist After She Refused to Stop Vaping.” That may be taking things a little too far, but it’s easy to see how something bad could come about from this new tech-savvy business move.
Disney’s plans for free-roaming robots are being made in hopes to “stay relevant” with younger generations. The animatronics will have cameras and sensors that will allow them to interact with park guests. While this in no way makes them sentient, they will have the propensity to say things and make on-the-go decisions – a fact which has many people feeling uneasy about the whole concept.
Disney’s whole robot schtick is just the beginning of a bad horror movie franchise. Similar to Jurassic Park or Westworld, audiences visit the park to see the new state-of-the-art attractions, the robots rebel, and chaos ensues. Two years later, the sequel comes out where a bunch of teens sneak into the condemned park at night and are hunted by run-down animatronic pirates until only one survives. The writing is on the wall here folks. If the nukes don’t take down humanity, surely the robots will.