Droid that relied on human kindness to hitchhike Europe & Canada promptly murdered in Philly.

Droid that relied on human kindness to hitchhike Europe & Canada promptly murdered in Philly.
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The City of Brotherly Love and Robot Murders

Droid that relied on human kindness to hitchhike Europe & Canada promptly murdered in Philly.

Left: HitchBot before its first journey in July of 2014. Right: Hitchbot within hours of reaching Philadelphia in July 2015.

For over a year, HitchBot travelled the world without working arms, legs, or wheels. It relied solely on human kindness to transport it and to keep its batteries charged, powering the smiling LED face, limited speech capabilities, and GPS tracker that reported to Twitter and the robot's creators where it was. It brought joy to thousands of people all over the world for a year. Then, two weeks ago, it came to America, where it brought joy to some people on the East Coast before imparting some final satisfaction to whatever depraved individuals smashed it to pieces, decapitated it, and left it for dead in a trash-strewn Philadelphia alley. It is the Cecil the Lion of the robot world.





Hitched my first ride! A lovely couple offered to help me out. Look out, New Brunswick -- Here I come! #hitchbot #NewBrunswick #hitchhiking #canada
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Its trip across Canada, and later Germany and the Netherlands, was an inspiration to the 50,000 people following it on Twitter and hundreds of thousands more who read about it online or heard about it on the news.

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Then, it got to Philadelphia. The city that pelted a visiting football team with snowballs, threw ice balls at Santa Claus, threw "D" batteries at a guy who asked the Phillies for too much money, required a court in Veterans Stadium, cheered for a guy's neck injury, booed an Irish Tenor for singing a verse of "God Bless America" that normally gets left out, and of course, firebombed their own citizens with napalm.

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You know, the city whose name in Greek translates to Brotherly Love. The place America was founded. That Philadelphia.

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Anyway, HitchBot dead now, turning the hashtag #hitchBOTinUSA into a place of mourning and wondering what the hell is wrong with us. Sorry, Canada and the world. I don't know why you trusted us with your life affirming toys. That was dumb of you.

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