There’s no love lost between America and Canada’s most adorable hitchhiking robot, HitchBOT.
HitchBOT, created as a social experiment by communications researchers at McMaster and Ryerson universities, travelled throughout Canada and parts of Europe last year. Relying solely on the kindness of strangers, the little robot interacted with humans and checked things off its bucket list.
I am on the road! If you pick me up, prepare to enjoy a fun and quirky co-pilot by your side. pic.twitter.com/C4tYXjRnih
— hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) February 13, 2015
I’ve been having a great trip so far! I’ve learned that Germans are just as friendly as my Canadian friends. pic.twitter.com/OhVlwXmC0I
— hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) February 16, 2015
Sadly, when HitchBOT decided to adventure through the United States, things didn’t go as smoothly: The little guy was brutally murdered just two weeks into its trip. (Shocking, we know.) Ironically, the little bot met its demise in the city of brotherly love where it was dismantled and left in a Philadelphia alleyway (as seen in the grainy video above).
— Jennifer Medina (@JenniferJMedina) August 3, 2015
The senseless destruction of an innocent robot only 300 miles into its American journey has left many people shocked and dismayed, including one of its creators, David Smith.
“[We’re] profoundly disappointed for the thousands and thousands of people who have been following HitchBOT and who are actually enjoying this exercise in good will.”
Fans took to social media to display their anger and grief for Hitch in a more, ahem, straight forward way.
— Peter Dyakowski (@PeterDyakowski) August 2, 2015
“America should sit in the corner and think about what it’s done to poor hitchBOT.” https://t.co/9tcGjFW77b
— Lisa Buckley (@ShamanSciences) August 1, 2015
— Victoria Grant (@Lady_V__) August 1, 2015
Dear HitchBOT gave one final goodbye before taking its last journey up to robot heaven:
— hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) August 1, 2015
Even in death, HitchBOT’s teaching us a lesson on love and forgiveness. RIP lil’ guy.
To help heal your broken heart, we’ve found some cool robots who haven’t been killed by Americans (yet):