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Robot depending on kindness of strangers meets its demise in Philadelphia

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Anyone else read about this? HitchBot Destroyed in Philly.

Robot depending on kindness of strangers meets its demise in Philadelphia

 

Tragically, about two weeks later, little HitchBOT learned a rough life lesson. According to the Associated Press, the bot met its demise in Philadelphia, home of sports fans who notoriously have thrown batteries at opposing players or snowballs at Santa Claus. At the time of this article, the specifics of what happened to HitchBOT remain unknown. Its creators are attempting to investigate, and HitchBOT's official site states details should be made available on August 5.

On July 17, a smiling and seemingly harmless robot named HitchBOT set out to accomplish its dream—roadtripping across America through the kindness of strangers. The little fellow comes from a Canadian research team made up of students and professors at McMaster, Ryerson, and the University of Toronto, and in 2014 it managed to make a similar trek across Canada and parts of Europe. The whole goal, according to the team, was simple: "to see whether robots could trust humans."

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Can't say I'm surprised, just... disappointed, although it looks like some decent people in Philly are willing to help rebuild it so it can continue on it's journey.

It would've been cool to run across it if it made it this far south

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Can't say I'm surprised, just... disappointed, although it looks like some decent people in Philly are willing to help rebuild it so it can continue on it's journey.

It would've been cool to run across it if it made it this far south

Yep people Nowadays its no longer 30 years ago.

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