By Cameron Rasmusson
It was a social experiment doomed to end in tragedy.
No doubt Canada meant well when it sent friendly little robot traveler HitchBOT to U.S. borders. After all, the immobile robot capable of limited conversation had already completed cross-country trips of Canada and in Europe, request that drivers take it along toward its next destination.
In July, HitchBOT began its journey from Boston toward San Francisco. It got as far as Philadelphia, where it was kicked, beaten and beheaded by citizens of brotherly love in the early morning of Aug. 1. America’s long history of robotism is tragically alive and well, clearly.
No one yet knows why Philadelphians wanted to kick HitchBOT’s ass, but no one is really surprised, either. Still, the robot’s creators say the friendly little bot may make another attempt next year. Some may call that an exercise in tempting fate, but then again, where would we be without optimism? [CR]
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they caped his ass in philly