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Got your orange sliced open? Good. We are looking at rows of crops and the voice-controlled robots that harvest the crops in the desert farm of Mesa Verde. This scene portrays that it is possible to turn a desert into a thriving farm. A bird sitting on the rocks overlooks the farm and the desert beyond. Machines called helium lifters drop hooks down to collect baskets of the harvest from the robots and then fly the produce off to be sold. Hoverlifts, with spinning blades, function as automatic shade controls. A satellite dish called "Agro Wave-Link" sends out the commands to the machinery.

Mesa Verde - Desert Farm

Husband: Look at that, will ya? A few years ago this was all barren desert. No crops, no irrigation - quite a transformation.

A woman in the Control Station 4 booth, the narrator's daughter whom we just saw on the video phone talking with her mother, is controlling the machinery by simply saying aloud what she wants. Her husband (who appears on a monitor in the booth) warns of severe weather that is on the way. Three other monitors display radars and the control systems. On the counter of the control booth is a glass of orange juice and some of the hybrid fruits being grown at the farm.

Desert Daughter: Stand by number 4 for crop transport. (Computer beeps)

Desert Husband (on TV Monitor): (Monitor is black, then "Incoming Call" blinks, and then her husband appears.) Hey, the latest weather forecast is calling for rain out of the north.

Desert Daughter: I can see the clouds from here. (Robots beep) The robots are giving out storm warnings too!

Desert Husband: I mean a lot of rain.

Desert Daughter: Yeah, one look says it all. (Computer beeps and monitor says "Call Complete," then turns black.) Stand by number 4 for crop transport. (Computer beeps) Harvester 10. Finish picking the north quadrant then recycle for cultivation. (More computer beeps)

Desert Husband: ("Incoming Call" blinks and then her husband appears.) I just wanted to let you know the weather guys are calling for showers out of the north.

Desert Daughter: Well, I'm not surprised. I can see the storm from here. (Robots beep) (She laughs) Even the robots see it. Stand by Harvesters.

Desert Husband: I mean real showers.

Desert Daughter: I believe it. Thanks for the warning. All Harvesters, suspend irrigation programs. (Computer beeps and monitor blinks "Call Complete" before going black again.) Harvester 6. Continue transport functions then hold for further instructions. (Computer beeps) ...

The cycle repeats starting from the top with "Stand by number 4 for crop transport."

Husband: Ya know, this really makes me proud.

Wife: And you wanted her to go to law school.

Husband: But do you suppose they ever miss the fun of the city?

Wife: Oh, I think they get their share right here.

Kitchen Scene©Disney
Passing by a rocky waterfall, a cat tries to catch a jumping fish in the stream with its paw. We now see their daughter's home. Her husband, the narrator's son-in-law, is standing behind a counter in the kitchen which has a glass floor allowing a view of the rocky stream flowing below. The husband is baking a cake for Davey, our narrator's other grandson who lives on the space colony (we'll see him later). The cake is elaborate with a miniature model of the space colony on top. By the refrigerator, the narrator's Mesa Verde grandson, Michael, uses voice-activation technology to say the type of food his father is asking for. When he announces what he wants, the part of the refrigerator that is holding that item slides open. Two birthday packages are wrapped and sitting on the counter. One is wrapped in Mickey paper.

Desert Husband: Hey, now, don't give me that bologna.

Michael (Desert Boy): Did you say bologna?

Desert Husband: No, wise guy. But we may need to make more icing.

Michael: Ice Cream? Coming right up!

Desert Husband: No, just candles - birthday kind.

Michael: Candies?

The adjoining room is the communications room which features a large video phone and a computer. At the moment, the computer has been set up to teach a chemistry lesson. However, the narrator's granddaughter, who should be using it, is talking to her boyfriend on the video phone instead. He is working behind his solosub, but then leans out to the side so we can see him.

Boyfriend (Tom II): Hey, come on, be serious, now. Why would I be late?

Granddaughter (Desert Daughter): You're always late!

Boyfriend: Always late? You've got to be kidding. I'm a very punctual guy.

Granddaughter: Oh, ho, now who's kidding. But, I hope you'll at least try to be on time tonight. I mean, it is a party.

Boyfriend: I know it's a party.

Granddaughter: My folks'll be here and some of our relatives.

Boyfriend: Well, why would I be late?

Granddaughter: Because you're never on time for anything.

Boyfriend: Never on time?! You must be joking. I mean, you're talking to a human clock here.

Granddaughter: Ha, ha - a human clock!

Boyfriend: Yeah.

Granddaughter: Well, if you are one, I hate to tell you, but you've been running a little slow for the past few years.

Boyfriend: Very funny.

Granddaughter: Please, don't be late. After all, it is a party.

Boyfriend: I know it's a party.

Granddaughter: My folks'll be here and some relatives too.

Boyfriend: Well, why would I be late? I mean, I'm surprised to hear you even mention such a thing.

Granddaughter: Well, it's just that you're late for everything else.

Boyfriend: Whoa, whoa, whoa, tell the truth. When was the last time I was late for anything?

Granddaughter: Last Saturday night!

Boyfriend: Yeah, but that was an unusual thing. But before that?

Granddaughter: Friday night.

Boyfriend: Well, that was extraordinary circumstances.

Granddaughter: So please don't be late tonight. It is a party and my whole family will be here.

He leans behind the solosub again and the conversation repeats as we move on.

Husband: Shouldn't your granddaughter be studying instead of flirting with that beachboy?

Wife: He is not a beachboy! He's studying marine biology there on the floating city.

Leaving the desert behind and moving into Sea Castle, a floating city, we see that the granddaughter and her boyfriend are still talking. Now, she is on the video screen and he is working on his yellow underwater Solosub 1 vehicle. It is suspended from the ceiling and he is sitting on the ledge right next to it with his tools sprawled out behind him. Looking out the window, we can see we're not underwater yet. We're on the coast, right above the water and can see back towards an adjacent floating city.

Tom II working on his Solosub

Boyfriend: I'll be there! I just put a laser lock on a couple of diving planes to the sub.

Yeah, I know about those laser locks of yours.

Boyfriend: Since when do you know anything about laser locks?

Granddaughter: You know, you might just check that fin servo, too.

Boyfriend: Fin servo? A couple of minutes, then I'll grab the Sunset Express straight out to the desert.

Granddaughter: OK, but try to be on time this time, will ya!

Boyfriend: Hey, I mean it! There's no reason in the world that I would be late.

Granddaughter: Well I hope you're right. Because you've already missed that flyer.

Boyfriend: Look, all I'm gonna do is seal the scan and run a diagnostic on her. It's only going to take a couple of seconds. Then I'll get the Express straight out to the desert.

Granddaughter: OK, fair enough. But, I'll be waiting for you.

Boyfriend: Honestly, how could I possibly miss the party? All I've got here is, what, five minutes work.

Granddaughter: Uh, huh. Ha, ha. Tell me about it.

Boyfriend: OK, let's say ten tops.

Granddaughter: I think I've heard that song before.

Boyfriend: (Laughing) Seriously. I'm almost through.

Granddaughter: OK. I'll be expecting you.

Boyfriend: Good enough. When that Sunset Express heads for the desert, I'll be on it.

Granddaughter: You better be.

She gets up and leaves for a second, then comes back, and the conversation repeats. Moving lower into the sea colony, we approach a class that is getting ready for a class trip to the nearby mining and kelp farm. The day's class schedule is on the wall behind them: "9:30 Sr. Lifesaving, 10:00 Discovery Dive, 11:30 Swim Team Practice, 13:00 Solosub Race, 14:00 Jr. Lifesaving, 16:00 Marine Biology Seminar."

Teacher: OK class, settle down. Now we're almost ready to go. But before we do, let's review our diving rules one more time.

The seal honks and the kids laugh.

The teacher, class, and seal preparing for trip©Disney

Teacher: (To the seal.) Relax, Rover. Come on kids, underwater safety's no joke. Scott?

Scott: Yes?

Teacher: Let's hear those safety rules.

Scott: Stay in your group. Keep your buddy in sight. Always check your gill apparatus for full re-circulation.

Teacher: How often, class?

Class: Every ten minutes. (As if they have said it a million times.)

Scott: Or more often!

Teacher: That's right. Now, you're all good swimmers. I'm not worried about your swimming at all and I know this isn't your first dive, but tell me, what's the most important tool underwater?

The seal barks.

Teacher: Wrong, Rover. It's judgement, you must use good judgement! And what else must you use, Scott?

Scott: Swim safely. Follow your diving rules. And ...

Teacher: And never horse around while diving. Never. Don't even sea horse around.

The kids laugh and the cycle repeats.

Sea Castle - Floating City

Still moving lower into the depths of the ocean, we are now looking at the outside of the floating city. Through three large, half spherical windows in the side of the floating city, we can see people enjoying an underwater restaurant. An African man and a woman chat in the first window. An Asian girl is pressed up against the second window looking out at a seal (who is looking back) while her mother stands behind her. In the third window, a man is reading over the clear plastic menu. Also through that last window, we can see up to the ledge where Tom II, the boyfriend, is sitting and working on the solosub. All that is seen is his foot rocking back and forth. Below the floating city, a turtle swims by Solosub 7 which is similar to the one Tom II was working on.

Husband: Floating cities ... they're amazing! I mean whole new industries have developed in them and under them. Mariculture, all sorts of marine mining, fuels, energy...

Wife: And fun! Remember fun?

Husband: I'm serious.

Wife: Well so am I. Floating cities have opened up whole new ways for people to enjoy their lives, as well as their work.

The floating city has been left behind and the rocky ocean terrain is before us. After passing an octopus resting on a rock and a large fish (whose mouth opens and closes), the class is seen (on a film rear-projected on a screen) swimming by on their way to see the kelp farm.

Teacher: OK class, let's stick together. Sue, come on, keep up with the group.

Sue: Coming.

Teacher: It's almost time for us to do something. Anybody remember what that is?

Scott: Take a break?

Teacher: Not quite, Scott. Ah, anyone else?

Sue: Check our fuels?

Teacher: Right. Did everyone hear that?

Class: Yeah.

Teacher: Good. Who'd like to explore one of the kelp farms?

Class: Coming.

Teacher: There's one up ahead. We can stop for a few minutes and check our fuel.

Scott: Can we take a break, too?

Teacher: (Laughing) Yes, Scott. At the farm.

The sequence repeats and we move on to see the machines harvesting the ocean floor.

Husband: There's always been something sort of mysterious about our oceans. We knew they were filled with valuable gifts for us.

Wife: Yeah, water and seaweed.

Husband: Very funny. But seawater has become an excellent source of energy as well as being valuable for desert irrigation. And kelp ...

Wife: Seaweed.

Husband: Kelp is a tremendous source of low cost fuel. Oh, we've found lots of good things under our oceans.

Wife: And don't forget space, we've found lots of good things out there, too.

Head into space on as Horizons continues.


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