Incident 458: Robot Destroyed while Hitchhiking through the United States
Description: A non-actuated conversational robot that previously asked people to move it across Canada was destroyed shortly after beginning its attempt to replicate the journey across the United States.
The goal was for the robot to make it all the way across the United States
This is why we can’t have nice hitchhiking robots.
HitchBOT, the cheerful hitchhiking robot that had made cross-country trips across Canada, the Netherlands and Germ…
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