"The creators were sent a photo of the vandalized robot but said they did not know who destroyed it or why."

Americans kill HitchBot

#Robots

Wed, Aug 5th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

After successfully travelling on its own across Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands, HitchBot — a hitch-hiking robot with a very basic ability of telling humans where it wants to go — tried to cross the United States, heading for San Francisco. It never made it there alive.

“We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over,” the professors said in a statement. “For now, we will focus on the question: ‘What can be learned from this?’ and explore future adventures for robots and humans.”

The vandalism sparked disappointment on social media. Several people in the local tech community offered to fix the battered bot. Philadelphians were wary that the episode would reflect badly on the city. Others worried that it would reflect badly on all Americans.

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