The Mobile Muppet Laboratory is roaming Disney’s California Adventure this spring. I’m glad our family is heading down their in a few weeks for spring break. We’ll be able to see how this advanced animatronics display is interacting with people all over the park.
Engadget and the LA Times seem to approach this using the “will this put Mickey Mouse out of work” angle which is unfortunate because the big story on robotics is 1) Robots are here to stay and as AI improves they’ll be taking over more and more jobs, allowing humans to blossom in creative rather than mundane physical tasks. 2) Robots have been helping us for decades – they’ve just been in “boring” jobs like car assembly. 3) Robots are cool.