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Author Topic: Steven Jobs: iRobot  (Read 2452 times)

Ralf Maximus

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Steven Jobs: iRobot
« on: December 02, 2007, 10:33 PM »

We learn from The Disney Blog news of Steve Jobs' participation in a Walt Disney World exhibit:

EPCOT is currently revamping their Spaceship Earth ride/exhibit -- the 180-foot-tall golfball thingie at the front of the park -- and expects to reopen early in 2008.  Spaceship Earth is the world's largest buckyball, and contains an elaborate historical show that spans "the entire history of mankind".  But since it's not been updated in awhile, time seems to have stopped in 1997 or so.

Many of EPCOT's rides have corporate sponsors, and Spaceship Earth's old sponsor -- AT&T -- just didn't give a damn.  The new sponsor, SIEMANS has spared no expense to overhaul every aspect of the ride, even re-theming it to include a stronger "technology" presence.  (Interesting aside: one sponsor considered but not selected was Microsoft, who wanted to build a high-speed thrill ride called "Time Chasers".  Unfortunately nobody told them it's impossible to gut a 25-year-old, 200-foot tall iconic symbol with any kind of efficiency, and when Microsoft saw the price tag they probably bolted.)

So long story short, we have SIEMANS running the place.  Which has nothing to do with Apple or Steve Jobs.  Huh?

Well, Steve's also head of Pixar.  Which was bought by Disney.

And since the ride overhaul involves a strong technology section, one diorama will depict a young Steve building the first Apple.  Presumably, as a Disney robot -- one of their audioanimatronics.  I just hope and pray the ride doesn't get stuck when I'm next to RoboJobs shouting "Insanely Great!" over and over again.

Conspicuously absent will be Steve Wozniak, Jobs' co-inventor of the Apple.  One must only assume that Woz holds no Disney stock.

Here's one scene I hope they don't do:

fig 1: In The Beginning

(Images snarfed from Guardian Unlimited and this lovely picture blog.)


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Re: Steven Jobs: iRobot
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007, 01:40 PM »
RDFs are included with every ticket ;D