You gotta check out hitchBOT, a robot created by researchers David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller that is literally hitchhiking across Canada, dependent on nothing more (and nothing less!) than Canadian kindness to go from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia.
CNN points out that since the robot was deposited street-side at the end of July, it has already traversed roughly halfway across Canada. It’s been tweeting and Instagramming the whole time as hosts take the gender-neutral robot on adventures that slowly advance it across the continent. It’s visited places that vary from the Quebec tourism center to a native powwow in Wikwemikong.
The sci-fi paradigm is largely unchanged since people started contemplating robots, with researchers pondering if we can “trust” robots in the future. The hitchBOT experiment flips this concept around — can robots trust humans to help them catch a ride somewhere? If current progress is any indicator, it seems to be a resounding yes.
Check out the CNN video report below for more.
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