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Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?


Some of the animatronics at Disney’s parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won’t cut it with today’s children.Aug. 19, 2021 GLENDALE, Calif. — I was en route to meet Groot.Not an imitation Groot conjured with video or those clunky virtual reality goggles. The Walt Disney Company’s secretive research and development division, Imagineering, had promised a walking, talking, emoting Groot, as if the arboreal “Avengers” character had jumped off the screen and was living among us.But first I had to find him. GPS had guided me to …

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