Sure hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot made its way across Canada but it didn’t have the same luck in the United States, barely two weeks after it set out to see the entire country hitchBOT’s journey has come to an end. It’s not because the robot was not up to the task, it’s become the poor robot was vandalized by humans. As hitchBOT said on its Twitter account “sometimes bad things happen to good robots.”
The team of Canadian researchers behind hitchBOT have confirmed that the robot’s trip came to an end in Philadelphia after it spent a little over two weeks visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Marblehead and New York City.
Unfortunately hitchBOT was vandalized overnight in Philadelphia and while the researchers say they know many of the robot’s fans will be disappointed, “we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over.”
The goal behind this experiment was to see how humans would interact with hitchBOT, it made it across Germany and Canada without any major incidents but doesn’t seem to have received much love in Philadelphia.
Researchers have not said if they’re planning to repair hitchBOT and put it back on the road, they will start giving interviews about this whole experiment tomorrow and so we’ll have more to share then.
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