hitchBOT's Death Shows "City of Brotherly Love" Does Not Apply to Robots
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
HitchBOT’s creators are disappointed to see the experiment ended so early, but there’s no word yet on whether the hitchhiking robot will be rebuilt.
“I’m surprised how upset I actually am,” one of hitchBOT’s creators Dr. Frauke Zeller said in a video published on YouTube. “I think that image that’s been circulated on social media [...] is quite upsetting.”
That image shows hitchBOT in a pile of leaves, with his head missing and his arms torn off. The robot was found behind a wall less than a foot from where the vloggers left him.
“I’m sure it could’ve happened anywhere,” Zeller continued. “We don’t really think it has anything to do with Philadelphia.”
HitchBOT’s Canadian creators have no interest in tracking down his assailants. But the internet is on the case.
It appears nobody knows who destroyed hitchBOT, but my inbox has already been flooded with theories. One theory emailed to me claimed that the cab driver in the BFvsGF video circled back later. But there’s also the possibility that the culprit might be one of Wellens’ own fans, since he tweeted out hitchBOT’s location to his over 820,000 followers on Twitter. Just as plausibly, someone randomly walking by might have beheaded hitchBOT and stolen his innards for parts.
It is NOT always sunny in Philadelphia.
If it gets fixed and I ever get the chance to have it hitch a ride with me, i'm taking it to a Sears, Fry's Best buy, or Radio Shack (if I can find one) it will be like taking the little guy to a strip club.
RIP hitchBOT, stomped to death in Philly by an Eagles fan:
Oh man, that Eagles fan is why we can't have nice things.
I for one hope that they resurrect hitchBOT.
Bonus points if they get it to visit Nathaniel.
Apparently the Eagles fan video was faked!
Thanks for setting us straight.
Last week a dentist killed Cecil the Lion.
This week someone killed the Tin Man.
Scarecrows better watch out!