Get your thumbs ready.
A robot is trying to hitchike its way across Canada. Made up of pool noodles, an old bucket and some solar panels, Hitchbot was created to answer a very important question: Can robots actually trust human beings?
Two researchers from Ontario’s McMaster University released the little cyborg (it’s only as big as a six-year-old child) yesterday in Halifax, with the goal that it’ll make a 6,000 km journey to British Columbia. Immobile on its own, the robot’s survival will depend entirely on whether humans stop to give it a lift.
Luckily for Hitchbot, it wasn’t long before the first pair of volunteers arrived:
Anne and Brian Saulnier, seen above, told the CBC that they heard about the experiment on the radio.
“I was actually just reading about him this morning as we were packing up our trailer for our camping trip. I thought that would be really cool if we actually saw him on the side of the highway, but I thought what are the chances of that,” Anne said.
What are the chances, indeed.
If you happen to encounter Hitchbot yourself though, know that he won’t awkwardly ride shotgun in silence. The robot will introduce itself, and then ask if you want to have a conversation (it might even flash you the occasional wink).
People must be enjoying its company so far, because progress has been good:
But above all else, let’s just hope Hitchbot doesn’t end up in a ditch somewhere, or it might go all Terminator on us. Check out the video above.