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Robot Tourism Coming Soon To Korea: Robot Land Project Breaks Ground

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the east-meets-westworld dept.

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Hallie Siegel writes "Korea's Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Energy (currently the Ministry of Knowledge Economy) first presented the idea for Masan Robot Land and its sister project – the robot theme park in Incheon (west of Seoul) – back in 2007, as part of a larger plan to stimulate Korea's robotic industry by generating public interest in consumer robots. From the article: 'It is expected that Phase One of the construction, which will include development of public facilities such as robot research development center, convention center, robot exhibition hall, and private facilities such as themed parks and youth hostels, will be completed in September, 2016. Phase Two, which includes development of hotels and condominiums, is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. The Masan park was originally scheduled to open in January of 2014.'"

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Nothing.. (1)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | about a year ago | (#46018437)

Nothing could possibli go wrong.

Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (3, Funny)

swb (14022) | about a year ago | (#46018453)

Tourism and robots didn't work out so well.

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (2)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year ago | (#46018539)

Good movie though. Thanks for the reminder, think I am going to watch it tonight.

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about a year ago | (#46018601)

But it's only fair that we get to visit the robot theme park now.
In a few decades, they'll come to visit us in the Zoo.

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#46018623)

Maybe if they set up a "Futureworld [wikipedia.org] "? No, that might not work out so well either...

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46018935)

You're saying LESS tourists would be a bad thing?

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (2)

Nethead (1563) | about a year ago | (#46019269)

But in the porn remake, Sexworld, everyone had a happy ending.

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (1)

matbury (3458347) | about a year ago | (#46019685)

Worked out OK for the Simpsons at Itchy & Scratchy Land: Their best family vacation ever.

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46019991)

Nothing can go wrong...

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46020293)

"Klaatu barada....um..damn, what was the rest of..aaargh!"

Re:Didn't work out so well in "Westworld" (1)

RespekMyAthorati (798091) | about a year ago | (#46022151)

Or Itchy and Scratchy land.

Now we know (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year ago | (#46018489)

Robot Korea best Korea!

The North is going to be very angry at being upstaged. The best they can do is march bots [youtube.com] .

Yul Brynner (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | about a year ago | (#46018497)

How many of them will look like Yul Brynner?

Korean Bender (1)

oldhack (1037484) | about a year ago | (#46018537)

Chain-smoking, soju-drinking, samgyopsal-devouring, whore-chasing, and what else? Oh yeah, "kiss my shiny kimchi-farting ass."

Re:Korean Bender (1)

Megahard (1053072) | about a year ago | (#46018585)

At least the theme park will have lots of blackjack and hookers.

Robot Tourist? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46018635)

For a moment I read the headline as Korea is trying to attract robot tourist.

Re:Robot Tourist? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46018773)

if i was a robot i'd go

Re:Robot Tourist? (1)

terryk29 (2756467) | about a year ago | (#46020259)

And the first thought I had was "Huh? Tourism through a robot?" (i.e. by teleprescence... Hey, that may not be all that zany a notion...)

No robot theme park would be complete without (2)

Spy Handler (822350) | about a year ago | (#46018783)

robots in disguise

First question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46018839)

Can you have sex with them?

Eastworld? (2)

Maltheus (248271) | about a year ago | (#46019051)

Now if only they could make Yul Brynner look a little more Korean.

Re:Eastworld? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46029771)

well, he WAS the king of Siam

Which Korea? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#46019275)

Granted, it's fairly easy to guess (though you never know what Krazy Kim's planning), but there are two of them. The one this story is talking about is called South Korea. That's its name. It's not called "Korea."

Just trying to instil a sense of professional journalism here...

Korea? (1)

Brad Goodman (2906427) | about a year ago | (#46019609)

Cool Korea, or Crazy Korea?

I think I just answered my own question. It would be much cooler on Cool Korea, but probably funny as hell in Krazy Korea!!!

Great! (1)

multimediavt (965608) | about a year ago | (#46020239)

Now, I will have to wait in line at the airport TSA checkpoint behind robots that want to go to South Korea. Like the couple with eight kids isn't enough! Or, will the robots just DHL themselves there?

Even in a song... (1)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | about a year ago | (#46020541)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

"Each resort is maintained by reliable computer technology, and peopled by lifelike robot men and women..."

Castles in the sky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46020735)

It's just pie in the sky. I live here. About 15 million credit cards just got seized and are undoubtedly in the hands of nefarious groups, despite the pathetic attempt at cooling hysteria by the government with their lies. Korea is not a world leader in robots and is well behind Japan and the US. They just copy everything Japan does. Japan has robots. Korea must have better robots.Korea is really just a house of cards. They would be better to take a look in the mirror and realize they're not ready for the level of technology they inject into their country. But they're stubborn and pig-headed. They never think of the social ramifications either and would have an ethical framework in place fort heir country, but not give a flying $hit if other countries they export to, don't. They're just in it for themselves.

It's about time! (1)

ScottDB (158711) | about a year ago | (#46020779)

Finally! Someone is looking out for the robots and building them a theme park. Now, if only they can mange to sneak out of the factories...

The correct answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46020917)

... Masan Robot Land ...

They should build it over Love Land on Jeju Island. Contrary to the premise of 'I dated a robot' (Futurama), the future of technology is once again fucking and killing people. The USAF is already funding the later.

Now they outsource Tommy Bartlett! BASTARDS! (1)

Chas (5144) | about a year ago | (#46022093)

You used to be able to go to Tommy Bartlett's Robot World [tommybartlett.com] . A whole damn WORLD man! Not just a LAND!

Not anymore. Damn globalization!

But I'm no criminal (1)

Boltronics (180064) | about a year ago | (#46031979)

I would have been really interested in this. Actually, I almost went to Korea over the Xmas holidays anyway, but learned that they require fingerprinting now for non-citizens. I ended up staying in Hong Kong instead for the entire duration of my holiday just because of this point. I refuse to be treated like that.

http://www.businesstraveller.a... [businesstraveller.asia]

I see some countries even require visitors to take an iris scan. That's insane.

http://www.stallman.org/bad-bo... [stallman.org]

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