Armed with little more than a primitive ability to beg for rides, a Canadian robot aiming to hitchhike from Halifax to Victoria has already made it to the Quebec border in its first 24 hours.
Now, hitchBOT — a device constructed from a plastic bucket, solar panels and a tablet computer — only needs to cover the remaining 5,600 kilometres without being smashed, stolen or dismantled.
“We are asking the question whether robots can trust human beings — and should hitchBOT arrive in Victoria, in all its parts, this would show that ‘yes, they can,’” said Frauke Zeller, an assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto and one of the robot’s creators.
|“Engineers designed it to stop animals from eating farmers’ crops.”|
|Huge LEGO Contraption to Sort Coloured Balls|
|“The number of human employees may even drop to 20 someday.”|
|Campaign Wants Ban on Autonomous Killer Robots|
|Self-Organising Swarms of Robots|
|“Bioinspired Polymeric Woods.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“The more employees are watched, the harder they try to avoid being watched.”|
|The Paper Airplane Database|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|“Companies like Google seem to have a dangerous disconnect from those of us in the world outside their confines.”|
|“Long live the instant gratification economy—and the increasingly sophisticated technology that’s enabling it.”|
|Fake Name Generator|