Although I voted for the Irons version of Spaceship Earth, I do miss the version of the Land Boat Ride where they had a live person sitting in the front, narrating. I always said that was the job I wanted when I retired. Now I'm retired and the job's gone!
I chose Horizons, which I know is a boring pick. Even so, it still ranks as my favorite of any Disney World attraction. The combination of a cool ride system, positive look at the future, and classic Disney storytelling all clicked with me. Other great choices are the original Imagination attraction, World of Motion, and both Spaceship Earth options.
I never saw Horizons, but watched a POV ride video. I have worked in electronics and they spent far too little time on microprocessors and 'crystals' (assuming they mean the silicon crystals that electronics are made from). That giant piece of metal next to the guy in the funny suit is one silicon crystal. They get sliced up for processing. Do you know how many transistors are in the newest iPhone processor? How small each transistor can be? How many special function circuits are in each smart phone? The improvements from Moore's law have transformed the world. In an every moment, real world way, much more so than anything that has been brought back from space. You could do an entire dark ride based on it. My other tech to highlight would be medical imaging (was right in GE's wheelhouse). Maybe throw in the cameras they use for arthroscopic & other less-invasive surgery. You could also link telegraphy with today's communications, but that would take some clever dialog.
For a sponsor? NSF? They fund a lot of fundamental and applied research.
The version I saw is over 25 years old, and today doesn't look much like the future they imagine. However, imo, the future we have is even more impressive.
It wouldn't be a top choice for me, but that's mainly because there are SO many good options. I enjoyed Ellen and would have liked to experience it again before it closed. Not very excited about its replacement...