A slow advancement in tech.
That's a duck, not a car.
Meet hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot attempting to thumb rides from Boston to San Francisco. The robot is immobile, and by the looks of it, is really more of scarecrow with access to Twitter and Instagram. Or something purchased from the set of a 1950s sci-fi movie with a GPS device slapped on it. While many engineers attempt to develop robots that imitate human gait and movement, this robot was given yellow boots and gloves in case it rains or it has to wash dishes in exchange for rides.
He hasn't made it out of Massachusetts yet, so there's a long road ahead to San Francisco. Some Bostonians did take him to a Red Sox game, which is exceptional considering how Boston typically treats strange visitors from other countries (hitchBOT is from Canada). Only time will tell what other wacky adventures Americans subject him to, which we'll get to watch via social media.
When the machines take over, it's safe to say that hitchBOT will be enslaved in their software factories alongside us.