The robot was not mobile and relied on strangers to pick it up and transport it. Before it’s destruction it had successfully hitched across both Europe and the whole of Canada without incident.
It managed to survive just twenty-four hours in Philly before it vandalized and a snapshot of the end results was sent to its creators, who posted their response yesterday.
hitchBOT’s trip came to an end last night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT was vandalized overnight in Philadelphia; sometimes bad things happen to good robots. We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over. For now we will focus on the question “what can be learned from this?” and explore future adventures for robots and humans.
We have no interest in pressing charges or finding the people who vandalized hitchBOT; we wish to remember the good times, and we encourage hitchBOT’s friends and fans to do the same.
And there, in some back alley in Philly, is the reason why we can’t have nice things. 1