Good Luck: Robot To Attempt Hitchhiking Across Canada

June 26, 2014

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Meet HitchBOT. HitchBOT is going to attempt to hitchhike the 3,871-miles (~6,230km) across Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia. I have every intention of finding him, running him over, stopping and backing over him, running over him AGAIN, then calling the police and telling them I think I hit a deer.

Armed with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, hitchBOT will be capable of accessing Wikipedia, interacting with social media, and both recognizing and processing speech. One thing it can't do is move: hitchBOT is largely incapable of independent motion, and must rely on charm to secure rides


The hitchBOT team is hoping its creation can answer a question about human kindness. "Usually, we are concerned whether we can trust robots, " says Zeller in a statement. "But this project takes it the other way around and asks: can robots trust human beings?" HitchBOT's journey begins on July 27th.

SPOILER: No, robots cannot trust humans. Hell, humans can't even trust humans. Plus a couple days ago I pretended to have a treat in my hand but didn't and now my dog doesn't trust me. I've given her chicken for dinner two nights and a row and she's still giving me the side-eye. I suspect she's playing hard ball so I'll get her a new toy.

Thanks to Hellpickle and Orcbutt, both of whose parents sure know how to pick a good name.

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