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article imageSouth Korea plans to open a new robot theme park in 2016

By Megan Morreale     Feb 11, 2014 in Science
Seoul - A massive world robot theme park project is underway in South Korea, a family friendly amusement park that will also double as a robotics grad school.
Planned to open 2016, Robot Land is a new theme park including rides and attractions, but will also double as a home for a graduate school of robotics and artificial intelligence.
The park will include a water park and a hotel, a research and development lab, a residential complex and retail center and condominium. It will span 387,505 square meters and is estimated to cost $625 million. It is a tri-level investment from local and national governments to be located 30km from Seoul and 15 minutes from the Incheon airport.
Landmark Entertainment, the company that worked on the Terminator and Jurassic Park attractions is building this mix of high-tech educational and entertainment rides that will include a taste of Asian and Korean culture in order to differentiate the experience from other international renowned theme parks.
Picture of RobotLand
Picture of RobotLand
Engadget
“If you take a normal industrial robotic arm that can twist and throw you around in 3D, it can provide so many more movements and sensations than a conventional roller-coaster,” said Brendan Walker, a thrills engineer who has helped construct some of the most daring roller-coasters in the world. “But then you start thinking about controlling our experience through artificial intelligence. It all become a bit darker and weirder. I can trust a ride operator but can I trust a robot? There’s an element of horror here. ”
The park will include four major areas; Robot Kingdom, Kidbot Village, Fun City, and Robotopia. Robot Kingdom is said to feature a robot gaming arena as well as a demonstration area of how robots will be used in the year 2030. Some example demonstrations include assisting seniors, medical checkups and dementia prevention techniques, reported CTVNews.
Robotland
Robotland
LATimes
Robot City would be home of the water park, as well as a completely robotic fish aquarium that will replicate marine life in robotic form. Kidbot Village will include a flying roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, and other theme park attractions that are run completely by robots.
Robotland
Robotland
LATimes
Currently the capital is watching this technology metropolis being built from scratch, completely with its own internal transportation system as well as links to the neighboring major airport. It will sit in the city's hub, the Cheognan district.
Executives predict that 2.8 million people a year will visit Robotland along with an expectation to blow traditional competition out of the water.
Picture of RobotLand
Picture of RobotLand
Engadget
South Korea is home to two of the world's fastest growing theme parks, Lotte World and Everland. With visits doubling last year, Robotland will provide them with significant competition.
Across Asia, attendance to theme parks rose last year by 7.3 percent, compared to 1.8 percent in the United States. Attendance in the region is expected to rise to 290 million in 2012, from 249 million in 2007, reported Been There Done That.
Robotland
Robotland
Engadget
The Above images are courtesy of Engadget and the LATimes.
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