Hitchbot successfully traveled across Canada then to Germany and the Netherlands, but when the child-sized robot was taken to Boston to cross back across America, it didn't make it beyond two weeks in the US and didn't get past Philadelphia, where the little robot was vandalized for parts (anything valuable like copper wiring, I suppose) beheaded, had its arms cut off and was dumped on the side of a road. Robot murder.
This is a silly little story. A strange little study that could only be the product of the academic world:
The robot was designed to be a talking travel companion. It could throw out random factoids.To be honest, with the first stops being in Boston and then New York, I'm surprised it got as far as Philadelphia.
"We want to see what people do with this kind of technology when we leave it up to them," Frauke Zeller, one of the creators and an assistant professor in professional communication at Toronto's Ryerson University, told the AP. "It's an art project in the wild — it invites people to participate."
HitchBot in happier days with its "family". The people who run HitchBot's Twitter feed left this as its final words.
My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade. Thanks friends: http://goo.gl/rRTSW2