One robot is bravely hitchhiking across Canada, relying only on its conversational skills and the goodwill of strangers to get to its destination, reports the National Post. Dreamed up by McMaster University’s David Smith and Ryerson University’s Frauke Zeller, the robot, called hitchBOT, is both an art project and a social experiment to test people’s relationship with robots. HitchBOT set off from Halifax in Nova Scotia on 27 July and aims to make it all the way to Victoria in British Columbia. As of today, it’s made it as far as Toronto, according to its Facebook page. Only 4450 kilometers to go! You can also follow hitchBOT’s journey on Twitter and Instagram.
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