The quirky, hitchhiking robot hitchBOT made it across Canada and a few European countries — but it seems America has proven too rough for the adorable social project. Le sigh.
The robot, which is capable of basic speech (thanks to AI) and posts on social media, is equipped with a GPS tracker so the team (and fans) can keep up with the journey in live action. It started its journey across America on the East Coast just a few weeks ago, and didn't even make it out of Philadelphia before some unknown assailants trashed the bot and ripped off its head. This thing has traveled across the globe, and we had it trashed before it barely got out of New England. Strong work, America.
The team seems bummed but upbeat, and hitchBOT even posted an encouraging update that let us know he doesn’t plan on killing all humans because of the attack:
“Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on back home and with all my friends. I guess sometimes bad things happen to good robots! My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade. Thank you to all my friends.”
The goal was to make it all the way coast to coast, with the trip ending in California. Before it was trashed, hitchBOT had visited sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead and New York City. This is an extremely cool project, and it’s an absolute shame to see it come to such an abrupt and unceremonious end. The team promises the U.S. journey isn't over, and we hope they'll eventually get a chance to check off a few entries on the bucket list.
To whoever trashed the bot and left it for dead: You suck. We really hope you’re caught.
(Via The Verge)