Animatronic Abraham Lincoln Returns
45 years ago we sat totally awestruck as an audio-animatronic Abraham Lincoln held forth at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Although obviously we knew it was mechanical, it was easy to believe that some day, in the near future, fully functional androids would be walking among us.
Later this year, Disneyland will be bringing the Lincoln robot back as a featured part of “The Disneyland Story” attraction. It’s a great reminder of how much progress we have made as a society, and ironically highlights at the same time how little robotics technology has evolved in the past five decades.