Free-roaming robot characters at Disneyland, powered by nightmare fuel (Tomorrow Daily 189)
On today's show, a former shoe factory is transformed into a magical playground for kids and adults.
Also, science grew a rat arm in a lab which is amazing.
And this new tech from Disney Studios
Is either made of wonderful dreams, or horrific nightmares!
I guess we'll find out on Tomorrow Daily.
Greetings citizens of the internet.
Welcome to Tomorrow Daily.
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I am Ashley Esqueda, joining me as always, Khail Anonymous.
At least until Fallout 4 comes out.
In which at that time I won't
You can call me a vault dweller.
I will likely need to just hire somebody else, because you will literally be living in front of your computer for at least a month.
I have a theory that it is gonna look like rapture outside
It's going to look like Last Man on Earth, if you've seen that, the Last Man on Earth.
That would be pretty great.
Streets are empty.
Wouldn't it be fun if they had an Easter Egg, so you could find Will Forte's character in Boston.
That would take me out of it.
That would be the best.
All right, so.
We have some insane stories today, so I don't want to waste any time, lets look at the headlines.
Okay, so stuff of dreams, some nightmares?
Kind of crazy.
So then he has this great idea.
Great idea that they've already started working on.
I'm scared by your tone.
That they want to immerse you so much in your park that they want the characters walking around the park.
No, not costume characters, but basically like robotic characters.
They've already begun doing this.
As you can see, and they're testing.
Now, they have three stages that they've been working on with this whole testing.
Okay, three phases, got it.
So the first phase, they have the digital character.
Here, that's how they move.
Then they have the three printed legs, and they're showing it.
This is how it's moving.
And then, they actually try it out.
We have all three stages here for you.
In this video, it was released by Disney.
They turned the comments off in the description.
I can imagine why.
This is really scary.
But anyway, this is the robot legs trying to replicate that motion, but looking like a drunk Winnie the Pooh.
Can you imagine?
This looks like zombie Winnie the Pooh, like lumbering, trying to eat you.
Or a a really cool rapper Winnie the Pooh.
Because you know because they're like
Yeah swag, swag Winnie the Pooh.
Walking really strange.
So but, there you go.
There is a precedent for this, they've actually done stuff like this before.
They had a dinosaur named Lucy, that they had at, I want to say it was, it was at Disney World, and it was at the Animal Kingdom.
Lucy would walk around, and she was attached to this cart.
Oh right, I remember hearing that.
And she was a walking, talking dino, that was all robotics, there was nobody in the suit.
So they have stuff like that.
They also have...
Mickey now has a mouth that he can move and facial gestures and he can talk and voice through it.
So they're trying to bring that immersion even closer.
I mean, Disney does a really Like a job when it's inside the rides.
Like the animatronics in Pirates of the Caribbean for example.
They have Jack Sparrow in there.
It's a really life like rendition of Johnny Depp.
Yeah, it's pretty scary, yeah.
It's pretty awesome.
So to have that untethered walking around the park would first of all be so awesome.
But also that would be maybe the scariest thing I've ever seen.
Yeah, it's pretty incredible that they're doing it.
But again, I [CROSSTALK]
haven't played Five Nights of Freddy, but I know about it.
And I feel like that's very close to how it started.
So maybe not the Five Nights of Freddy's way, maybe it'll go that way.
I've never seen A costumes character and be like nah.
I wish there wasn't a person in there.
Wish that was a robot, no.
I wish that was a robot, no.
Also, I don't know if you've saw the Simpson's where they go to Itchy and Scratch Land.
That didn't end well.
Remember they zoned in on them and it was like, and wanted to kill them?
The Simpson's always do it first.
And they did.
That is really terrifying.
But, but, hm.
I'm being told that brings us to our hashtag of the day.
Yes it brings us to our hashtag of the day, which is #TDCharacter.
I wanna say, this is a special hashtag of the day because it is a photo challenge.
Why don't we step it up?
It's a photo challenge, guys, and you need to pick an image that wordlessly describes how kids will react to this technology in a theme park.
Just one image, no words, you don't get any words!
Let's not even say what we would pick either.
No, no no no.
We're just going to go to the next story, so TV character, what face would kids make when seeing the character?
When experiencing this type of technology in the park.
If it was polished, not that terrifying scaffolding running around.
So come back on Monday, and we'll tell you.
Come back on Monday.
You have all weekend to do your homework.
Grab an image off the internet of a kid's face that you think is the best representation of their response to robot characters walking around in parks.
Speaking of terrifying
Yeah speaking of terrifying.
Science grew a limb in a lab.
This is.>>Well they do that all the time though right.>>Not limbs.
So we'll talk about the difference.
This is kind of.
This is actually no it's not even kind of this is some straight up science fiction stuff.
If you're squeamish don't watch this video.>>Too late.>>It's a little bit scary.
It's really fascinating, though.
Biomaterials published a proof of concept from Massachusetts General Hospital in which they grew a rat limb with working veins and muscle tissue.
So science, as I mentioned, has been growing muscle and vein tissue for awhile now with stem cells.
You can grow them separately, no problem.
But obviously growing an entire limb is much more difficult because it's a lot more complex and you have all these different structures in there like the muscles and veins, like they're separate things.
So they took this technique that we've seen used with lab grown organs and they did what's called Oh, gosh, I'm going to forget the name of it.
But they basically strip the limb of a deceased rat, and they take off all of its cellular material.
So when you see it in this when it's complete it's all white.
You can't see anything that was there previously.
They literally strip it down of all its cellular material You can see it's becoming whiter, whiter, whiter because all that's being stripped off.
All that cellular material is being stripped.
So then, while they're doing that, they have another rabbit living that they're getting cells from in its arm.
And then they place The stripped cell limb into a container, and they inject the cells from the other rat that they harvested, into this limb.
And then after a couple weeks they pulled it out and they said that, well After injecting vein muscle cells in the specific places on the limb we took it out of the container and we found out that the two types of cells were populating correctly.
So, veins and muscles and they hit it with electrodes..
It's like, electrical current, and they said it performed at 80% of what a newborn rat would do.
So like, working.
Muscles, 80% of what a standard newborn rat would be able to do, which It's pretty amazing.
So the next step would be the what, transplant it onto a rat?
The point of this is, yeah, the next step would be to see if they could get, they would have to continue to grow it.
The thing is, it might not be ready for transplant, so it's like growing an ear in a lab.
It takes time.
You have to figure it out exactly.
This is so, so far away from clinical trials or any kind of human testing The idea is that bioengineered limbs, even for animals, would be a huge boon over robotic prosthetics, or transplants, because you're using you own cellular material to grow a new limb or an organ.
That's actually one of the big tenets of lab grown organs, obviously you have a much lower chance of your body rejecting it because it's your own cells.
You won't have to take Potentially you will have to take anti-rejection medication for the rest of your life, which a lot of people do if they get transplants.
This is pretty amazing.
Clinical trials obviously for humans not even in the horizon at this point, but How amazing is that?
And I think that rat would probably need like shoes, right?
Maybe like a sleeve or something.
He'd need shoes, right?
So tell me about this shoe factory.
Oh, the shoe
Oh, god, I didn't even catch that.
I try to help, I try to help her move to the next story seamlessly, and she's just like yeah, shoes, or like a glove.
I tripped over the seam in the carpet.
Tripped right over it.
You so were generously trying to be like
I'll help you with that one.
You're failing on the joke and I'm like it's not a joke.>>I didn't know what you wanted.
Okay shoe factory.>>So tell us about the shoe factory.>>Okay everybody we're all gonna take a trip to St.
Louis because when you see this you're gonna literally gonna leave right away and you're gonna wanna go take a trip there.
This is called City Museum.
This used to be a shoe factory in St.
Louis that has been transformed into a really cool urban playground.
You'll notice there are salvaged planes in there..
There are all kinds of crazy things inside of here, it is 600,000 square feet of fun.
It is, those are my words.
And it is constantly being improved and/or added to.
And the guy who originally thought of this project passed away a few years ago, and they're still working on this and constantly adding things to it.
It's got All kinds of stuff.
So I'm gonna give you a list of all these different things that you can find.
And this is just a starter list.
There's way more than this.
600,000 square feet.
You can fly repurposed air planes for jungle gym..
10 story slides, like 10 stories, not 10 as a number, but a 10 story slide.
A school bus on the roof, a cantilevered school bus on the roof, caves, ball pits, aquariums, circus arts equipment, restaurants, a bar and even a ferris wheel on top that Cale and I will never ride just because we
And you can see there is a salvaged plane right there, tires, salvaged construction cranes, there's like this truck.
I mean, it is insane, like this is madness.
And it's all basically huge recycling projects, they've taken all this stuff that is salvaged and reconditioned and recycled and they have brought it in here, and I want to go to there now.
And Cale wants to go to there so badly that he did in fact leave.
So I never knew that this place existed, but man, I mean, wouldn't be really cool for all of those major cities in the world to make stuff like this?
I want stuff like this in Los Angeles, and I think we should have it in every city.
We should have these big urban playgrounds that we can recycle stuff with, and everybody can go enjoy it.
So nice work, St.
I'm gonna go take a quick break.
I gotta go find Kale before he hops on a plane to St.
So we'll be right back with Intuit because it's Thursday and, of course, our user feedback and your phonetographer of the day.
So don't go play.
It's Tomorrow Daily.
Welcome back to the show.
I've captured Khail.
He's got a ball chain, prison thing on his ankle that he can't show you because it's just too heavy to lift.
But it's Thursday, which means now you're going to have to tell us, before you go to St.
Louis to play at City Museum, what you're into.
This is into it.
[NOISE] I have a feeling I know what you're going to say, but please, what are you into this week?
This week, it's no surprise, I'm into cheddar cheese.
Of course, I'm into Fallout 4!
Look, the announcement just happened.
We're going to hear a lot more about what we're going to see at E3.
There's a lot of rumors going around that the game will be coming out This year.
Look, there's so many reactions to this.
There's been shock, surprise, there's been complaints already.
There's people like, the graphics aren't that great.
Look, first of all, what they're saying is that this is all in game
Which most games, when they show a trailer, it's always cinematic.
If this is in game, look at this lighting.
It looks like a lot of fun.
I want to go to that city.
I'm really excited about that.
This takes place in Boston, right?
Down by the harbor.
Yeah, the harbor.
But there's a lot of places like Fenway Park.
Fenway Park is in the actual thing.
So you can go on and find the subreddit and you can find break downs of what every location was.
But tread carefully, because you never know what you're gonna find.
Yeah, don't [UNKNOWN], I do see a bobble head right there.
Yeah, I got a bobble head.
There's a lot of stuff in here.
One, eleven, I need to do my research, but I don't think that's actually vault that's been mentioned yet, which is incredible because there's a lot of vault 101, and anyway.
So really sad about that, and I've been playing Fallout 3 on, which
Pretty much non stop.
A lot of people.
When Caleb is not filming this show, he is just like, connected to machines.
We're very much into gaming.
So, what's yours?
It's a game.
It's a video game.
I set you up for that.
I know you did and I appreciate it.
I really do.
I'm super into Splatoon right now.
I just got my Amiibo.
I just got my three-pack.
My squid and my inkling girl and boy.
And I love how they work with the game.
It's so much fun.
I mean way more fun than even the demo.
Like they have the global test fire.
And that was really cool but this to me was even better.
The full game is just so much fun.
There's all kinds of upgrades.
You can buy clothes.
You can go into the little shops and buy like these crazy outfits and hats and shoes and stuff that all have special abilities.
Like more damage.
You take less damage, and you can upgrade your clothes.
Also, they have a single player mode that has all these sorts of challenges where they take you through sort of an obstacle course.
With the Amiibo, you have to go through them again, but in a different way.
One of them is a timed speed run Another one is with a certain types of weapons.
So it's so much fun.
I played a lot of non ranks play last night because I didn't want to jump into the ranks game.
I know producer Logan get's really frustrated with the fact that you only have two maps at a time that rotate for three hours.
First in each mode.
So it's like you could only play one of two maps for three hours at a time.
But then right at eleven o clock last night we got a message from it saying it kicks everybody back out into the lobby...
And they're like, it's like a little news program with these two really hip, cool squids.
Yeah, and they're like hey guys it's time to talk about like what's up next.
Like and they like sit there and they say oh well it's this map and this map and what's your strategy?
And there like I don't know like and when?
Like that's the strategy I guess.
So it's really fun.
It's Really cleverly done, and honestly one of the better shooters that I've played on console in a while.
With the Wii U, there's not really a means of communication.
So I found that with shooters and our strategies like that, it helps to communicate.
So how do you get over that barrier?
So one of the things that really helps is that with the game pad, you can see all of your team mates on a map, and you can kind of see what's going on because there's a live representation.
In the non-ranked play, it's all based on how much ink you can spread You can sort of see where the hot spots are and what's happening, and if they're getting killed, there are also abilities where you can see other members of the enemy team all at the same time.
Right, a minimap.
Well, there's like special abilities where on your main screen you can see them, where everybody is.
I think they work really hard on
But making it accessible.
Last night I was talking with a friend of the show, Mike Hobbs.
We were playing together and in the same room and sometimes we would not get matched on the same team.
Sometimes we were on opposite teams.
So we would just be talking on the phone.
Like I would just play Facetime audio and then we would just talk about [CROSSTALK].
Okay, so you found a way around it.
Yeah, I kind of found a way around it.
Okay, all right.
I understand that.
So I would imagine
You don't need Team Speak or chat or group, any kind of group chat.
It's honestly, like it's really fun.
And it's easy to pick up and play.
I was like I'm really enjoying it.
And it's kudos to Nintendo for creating a new IP that I was really skeptical about last year.
When they announced it I was like Squid children, really Nintendo?
And then, now I'm a convert, I'm a believer, I love Splatoon, it's so much, I can't wait to see what they do with more of it later down the road with DLC.
So yeah Splatoon, Splatoon it up.
You wanna talk about user feedback?
All right guys, so we asked you to use hash tag [UNKNOWN] play time to tell us how you would want to integrate play-mation which is Disney's new set of toys where they have this sort of interactive kind of thing.
What games and what franchises would you wanna to see utilize this kind of stuff.
Rick wrote in and said, A Batman or Sherlock Holmes detective game with basic AR goggles and haptic feedback gloves to find clues.>> Oh nice.>> I like that.
I like that he's like Batman like the detective Batman, not the Batman that's like give me weapons so I can fight all the time.>> Right.
Yeah.>> Detective Batman.
Mark wrote in and said I'd really want Time Crisis around my house so that I wouldn't have to waste so much money on the arcade machine version.
Also, he says.
Also my juice box, of choice is Apple and Blackcurrant.
So you asked, what the juice box of choice would be.
Oh yeah, that's right, I forgot about that.
I know, I know.
What did he say?
Apple and Blackcurrant?
And then he said hashtag fight me.
That's kinda classy.
It is very classy.
So hi pro ball.
Neil wrote in and said kids should not need technology like this, especially when their imaginations should be doing all the work.
So he's like, no, kids got to do their own heavy lifting.
Neal, you have a baby on the way.
That kid is not going to get any fun toys, you're gonna make it use its imagination.
Wait, how do you know that he has a baby on the way?
Because he sent us that picture, that was the phonetographer of the day.
Oh, oh okay.
I remember everything about everybody.
I waste all of my mental energies and storage space, the hard drive in here is just filled with trivial about all of you.
It's literally the case.
And then Adam wrote in and said, I would like to play Counter-Strike with a VR.
Oh my god!
That'd be amazing.
Oh my god.
Having the frustration of being bad at Counterstrike and VR is not something I want to think about.
Dustin wrote in on that same sort of page.
Call of Duty would be awesome.
Imagine being able to use real world locations as game maps.
It would be fun and exercise Also no.
Also I don't want to be bad at Call of Duty.
So does exercise.
Wait he wants to use the Omni?
No, no, he just said use it outside in real world locations on the game map.
Oh my god.
That will be really fun.
Dolphin diving everywhere.
Okay, so lastly, you're gonna really love this.
So Dave wrote into us and he said I was listening to you damn kids whining about how today's toys are so far ahead of the toys that were around back in your day.
Well back when I was a young whippersnapper.
Here is what we had for robots.
Rock em and sock em!
And then he said, when we wanted to play an interactive game, we played this.
And, when we wanted to see comic books on screen, we had to watch this.
Did that really happen?
[LAUGH] And we had to do all this wile walking uphill, through several feet of snow.
Now get off a my lawn.
Dave Abston, #grumpyoldman.
Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave.
Dave, we are bowing to you.
That was amazing.
You're the real MVP, way to go.
You da real MVP, Dave.
He also drew a robot that I'll give to you.
Do you imagine that Dave doesn't have a smartphone, he just has a can with a string on it?
That's how he sent this.
He tapped the can tapped it in morse code and I got the message and it came to be a telegraph.
Very difficult.>>I love it.
I wouldn't mind a once a week Dave like.>>Listen Dave.>>All the things..You know that DLC did not have enough graphics.
Look, here's my DLC.>>Honk.
He's like honk.>>I love it.>>I love it.
Grumpy old man Dave.
Thank you, Dave.
And then finally we have our very last piece of user feedback, which is always our phonetographer of the day.
Our good friend Rolo wrote in to the show, ROLO.
It's like YOLO, but with an R.
I am sure you've he's heard that.
He took this picture with his Galaxy Note 3. And he said, look, Tomorrow Daily, my friend's just hanging out in Galveston, Texas.
Not much, just another lazy Sunday afternoon before going back to the corporate jungle.
I took this with my Note 3, love your show.
Look at this nice pier, they've got a little ferris wheel, they've got a little roller coaster.
I love it.>>Sweet Adeline.
That's all my ex's live in Texas.>>Yeah.
All my Exe's live in Texas.>>Allison in Galveston.
But yeah that's really sad that he was like I did this on my lunch break.
I didn't get to have fun.
I took a picture of it.>>Well he said it was a lazy Sunday before going back to the corporate jungle.
So maybe he got a really good.
Well I wanna know is he in the water right here?
Cuz look at the picture, the shore is way over to the left.
Anyways Aquaman decided to live in Texas.
Okay Jason Momoa, your jig is up.
We know what you're up to.
But that's a really cool picture.
Really good picture.
I like a good picture of.
I didn't realise Aquaman used the Note 3.
Maybe Samsung is gonna sponsor Aquaman.
He's a director now..>> All right we are down the rabbit hole this is Thursday for sure.
Listen if you wanna send in your phonetography you can.
You can send us all kinds of other stuff too.
Story ideas, family recipes.
I have one, I've got Tiramisu.
I'm gonna make it.
Maybe after E3 cause we've got too much...
used to do for them.
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Yeah, and I am @AshleyEsqueda.
And that's it for the show this week, you guys.
We'll be back on Monday with a brand new docket of weird and wonderful technology.
The dark robotic challenge, WWDC is happening on Monday, there's a lot of stuff that we're going to have to talk about.
So don't miss it, but until then, be good humans, we'll see you next [CROSSTALK]
Texas living, Texas.