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Hitchbot’s trip comes to an end

DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF

Last month I took a ride with an adorable robot called Hitchbot. It’s a robot with a mission to thumb its way across the United States. Correction, was on a mission. On July 31, some robot intolerant monsters damaged the feisty little android in Philadelphia. Last summer Hitchbot made it across Canada without incident. In the U.S. the poor little gender neutral cutie couldn’t even make it off the East Coast.

This is why we can’t have nice things people. It’s the equivalent of someone beating up Wall-E or C-3PO. I’m going to light a candle and say a prayer for Hitchbot.

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Meanwhile, here’s a statement from Hitchbot’s inventors.

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.

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