Bastard Child of Skynet Brutally Murdered in Philadelphia

HitchBOT in Boston during happier traveling days. COURTESY OF MEAGHAN CARROCCI

HitchBOT in Boston during happier traveling days. COURTESY OF MEAGHAN CARROCCI

Via Philly.com:

Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015, 11:57 AM

Update: TORONTO (AP) – The Canadian talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in the United States over the weekend might be given another chance at life.

HitchBOT’s co-creators Frauke Zeller and David Smith said Monday that they’ve been overwhelmed with support and offers to revive the robot since it was vandalized beyond repair on the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday and they are considering rebuilding it.

The robot was on a hitchhiking, social experiment adventure in the U.S. after trekking across Canada and parts of Europe last year. Strangers helped hitchBOT travel from place to place while checking items off its bucket list.

The robot was designed to traverse continents on the kindness of strangers and could toss out factoids and carry on limited conversation.​

Earlier story:

POLICE have little information about a four-faced robotic Canadian hitchhiker last seen intact near Old City’s Elfreth’s Alley before he was found beheaded, his torn-off arms at his side.

“I just think someone saw it, probably came out of a bar and was drunk and beat the crap out of it,” Philadelphia Police Detective Joe Murray told the Daily News yesterday. “Leaving it in Old City on a Saturday night is probably the worst idea ever. Anything could happen.”

Murray was speaking about hitchBOT, a “social experiment” from roboticists at Ryerson University, in Toronto, who didn’t quite receive the “brotherly love and sisterly affection” our town is known for.

He had an Android-tablet brain and stuck out his opposable thumb to encourage folks to pick him up, using a built-in camera to see and a microphone to hear, according to a Ryerson website set up for him.

“Oh, dear, my body was damaged, but I live on back home and with all my friends,” hitchBOT, who apparently did not realize that he’d been decapitated, posted Saturday on Facebook after the violent incident. “I guess sometimes bad things happen to good robots! My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade. Thank you to all my friends.”

You will find the rest of the story here.

-Dave

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16 responses to “Bastard Child of Skynet Brutally Murdered in Philadelphia

  1. Skynet just got ducked , shit happens ……Quack Quack

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  2. Hey, Robot Lives Matter!

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  3. Idle hands are the devil’s playthings, man can either build or destroy, and building has been taken off the table. That is not an excuse, but those who shipped our jobs out knew that.

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  4. It’s a shame…Roboticide can happen only in America! And who says violent video games don’t affect our society? Great post.

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  5. Wouldn’t have happened had he been packing a Ray gun or Space Particle Blaster. Next time don’t make him so cute and wimpy, but hunky and bad ass like the Terminator ….. ” aull be bach” Philadelphia

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  6. The robot was on a hitchhiking, social experiment adventure in the U.S. after trekking across Canada and parts of Europe last year. Strangers helped hitchBOT travel from place to place while checking items off its bucket list.

    I’m ashamed for Philadelphia and America. Where is a surveillance camera (of the perp) when we really need one?

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  7. it’s interesting that this robot managed across two countries and continents and ONLY when it lands in America does it get the crap beat out of it…it’s really sad…I feel for the poor robot, but at the same time I’m trying so hard not to laugh…really…really hard.

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    • I know those Canadian college students meant no harm, and to be honest, part of me feels kinda bad about what happened.

      However, given that so much of the technology that was supposedly going to “help” us has now moved over to the dark side and is being used against us, I find a bit of poetic justice in all this, even if a bit premature.

      -Dave

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      • so true…the direction the dark side of technology is heading today and in the future many more people will be out of work because of robots…I wouldn’t be surprised if legislators, at some point, gave robots personhood rights and anyone who “beat up” a robot would be considered a criminal.

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  8. It was more than likely an American cop 😦

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  9. This is exactly typical Canadian goofiness; our major saving grace is that most of us don’t take ourselves too solemnly, as our weather and environments are serious enough for us all! See my comments at ‘Feminism in 2015’ posted earlier.

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  10. Call him “ditch bot’. Except for his naivete, I don’t see any difference between him and the zombies with phones texting/talking while walking down the streets.

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  11. Oh, the irony of it all–makes it through Canada and Europe only to meet it’s untimely fate in the “City of Brotherly Love”–every time I hear or read about this, I crack up laughing so hard! I try not to laugh, while thinking about what poor ‘HitchBot’ must have gone through, but seeing this story reported so seriously, yet ‘tongue-in-cheek’ at the same time, like it is, just invites laughter I’m afraid! I also love irony, and this one definitely has that in spades! 🙂

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