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the robot took pictures whenever it started to move, and then 1 every 20 minutes, after that. wonder if it took a pic of who did it? anyway just another reason, for me, to not go to Philly.
 
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HitchBOT Was A Literal Pile Of Trash And Got What It Deserved
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Albert Burneko

Filed to: HITCHBOT 8/03/15 5:37pm


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First things first. “HitchBOT,” for all practical purposes, was a garbage can with an iPhone in it. It could not walk or stand or fire lasers or open a can of beans. By what standard was this piece of useless shit a “robot” in the first place? The answer: a shabby standard. A Canadian one.

My children have a box full of toys. It cannot stand or walk or fire lasers or open a can of beans. Inside this box of toys, there is a battery-powered Iron Man mask that, on occasion, will activate in the middle of the night and make weird noises; I can hear it from my bedroom. This box is not a robot. If I left it on the curb, it would not be a hitchhiking robot; it would be litter. If beating the shit out of it would be a weird thing to do, fine; so would taking it to a baseball game. So would mourning for it when some of its contents were separated from each other.

Canadians made hitchBOT, which is to say that they crudely assembled a broadly anthropomorphic heap of refuse and left it someplace for strangers to take care of for them. It traveled across Canada and Europe for some reason, experiencing nothing, doing nothing, being all the while nothing more than a loudmouthed freeloading bucket. Then it came to the United States, where it caught a richly deserved beating, just like Canada’s hockey teams do when they come here. I do not know what motivated this beating; if it was revulsion at the very notion of a smarmy Canuck trash can with the temerity to expect favors, that’s reason aplenty.

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The impulse, here, is to say that hitchBOT was “destroyed,” but that is nonsense; what is the actual consequence to hitchBOT of detaching its parts? A loss of function? What function? It had no function. It was a pile of trash. Providing a cathartic release for some pissed-off Eagles fan is the closest it has ever come to usefulness. In its violent disassembling, it found, briefly and for the first time, an actual purpose.

If our guileless, simpleton neighbors to the north wish to draw faces on their buckets and treat them like friends, the sparse population density of their pine-fresh taiga wilderness makes this a sad but understandable choice, but the United States is not a receptacle for twee Canadian garbage. It is a grownup land where the humans know each other and do not ameliorate the loneliness of car trips by picking up roadside litter and befriending it.

The United States has many actual robots; they assemble Chevrolets, and throw pitches, and do battle on TV, and fall down, and probably other things too. The day the United States has need for a malingering robo-hobo with no skills that sits next to the road like a bag of shit and asks people to do things for it, we will build one for ourselves, and have the good sense to give it lasers.
 

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Read Albert Burneko's comments on the comments on his article. Seems like a real douche. Basically because HitchBots purpose wasn't valuable by his standards, and hitchbot wasn't advanced technologically, then it's okay for shitty people to do what they want with it and everyone who ever had a passing interest in it or attachment to it is stupid. Someone needs to explain to him that because HE feels a certain way, that doesn't mean no one ELSE feels a certain way. Never mind explaining to him that hitchbot had an actual purpose and value... Fucking douche.
 

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Fuck robots man. first they take my job, now they want to take my ride? Fuck that shit! Hahah seriously suprised that merica didn't think it was a bomb sent here by isis. Would have been epicly hilarious if our dumbass cops called the bomb squad and blew it up. Got be hard for streets son! It didn't even have a single fixed blade.... the weak will be prey hahaha
 

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...it's not just Canada, it's the entire world that views Americans as a bunch of bullies.

There was a weird article in DW [German News] which discussed the possibilty that the CIA had Hitchbot destroyed because of what was previously mentioned - it documented pretty much everything it bore witness to, and that actually makes sense - because apparently only the US is allowed to [and does] spy on everyone.

God help us..................................
 

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Seriously? Are we crying about a beat up robot? Fuck hitchbot!

It was probably some other hitchhikers who didn't want to wait for a fucking robot to get picked up before they could get a ride...

What's next? OOGBot
 

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It was probably some other hitchhikers who didn't want to wait for a fucking robot to get picked up before they could get a ride...
Actually, I'm no expert, but I would think... Having the hitchbot with you on the road would Increase the chances of you being picked up. Joe and Jane housie People like funny interesting stuff... like hitchbot!

Just have to take him with you to the next destination.

Who ever fucked im up was prolly knocking back sidewalk slams and pissed off at a bad day of spange while shoving a mouse up they're ass. Then they saw hitchbot and thought... fuckin ooogle bot. Lets Trash em!


.... >.> Hows that for Trolling. LOLOLOL

Philly is actually pretty cool imo
I'm sure it is... I love philly cheese steak.
 

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Actually, I'm no expert, but I would think... Having the hitchbot with you on the road would Increase the chances of you being picked up. Joe and Jane housie People like funny interesting stuff... like hitchbot!

Just have to take him with you to the next destination.

Who ever fucked im up was prolly knocking back sidewalk slams and pissed off at a bad day of spange while shoving a mouse up they're ass. Then they saw hitchbot and thought... fuckin ooogle bot. Lets Trash em!


.... >.> Hows that for Trolling. LOLOLOL



I'm sure it is... I love philly cheese steak.
If yuppies were so into it it wouldn't have been stuck in Philly

And in Philly, it's simply "a cheese steak" or a "steak". Make sure you order it with Wiz though
 

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If our guileless, simpleton neighbors to the north wish to draw faces on their buckets and treat them like friends, the sparse population density of their pine-fresh taiga wilderness makes this a sad but understandable choice, but the United States is not a receptacle for twee Canadian garbage. It is a grownup land where the humans know each other and do not ameliorate the loneliness of car trips by picking up roadside litter and befriending it.

The United States has many actual robots; they assemble Chevrolets, and throw pitches, and do battle on TV, and fall down, and probably other things too. The day the United States has need for a malingering robo-hobo with no skills that sits next to the road like a bag of shit and asks people to do things for it, we will build one for ourselves, and have the good sense to give it lasers.
lol

It's funny that the whole idea that it had "no real function, so it was useless, so it never mattered" is even an argument to the simple fact that this was a cool idea with good intentions behind it. The idea was and is what people liked (and I bet a whole lot of us Superior Americans enjoyed, watched, and followed HitchBot too) but of course the only defense for some dick breaking a good thing is "man that thing was fuckin trash anyways, hand no real physical function to its lame ass-
-no doubt brah straight useless".


We the Superior Americans,
why we out here buildin' real shit man. Like fuckin cars thata drive them motherfuckin' self. Like shit man I got dat wifi in da car?
fuck wit me 45k. $420mo nothing due at signin'

geez can't shit just be cool without people thinkin' they too cool
 

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I'd like to add this thought:

If the world thinks America and Americans are so fucked up, then why are there so many tourists from other countries over here? Why do the Japanese absolutely Idolize American culture?
 

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Not sure why i got a notification for this so late, but if yea talkin' to me thats a good question- prolly better left for the non-american/japanese members i suppose.

Now I do not hate the American society myself I was simply mocking it (which I suppose I can do) but hate ta break it to yea- people don't idolize us Americans they idolize what we got as a nation. we got stable shit like electricity, water, gas, public services, and the american dream fer fuck sake.

culture? shit we a mixin' pot of culture. that we are. A chinese fellow can move across the world to any damn state they please and find people to mingle with. We as a people generally don't give a fuck' about the next (someone travelin' figured ta know) and generally leave 'em alone; but if we can do somethin' nice fer someone to boost our ego then hell I'll do it too.

I am a good 'ol boy my self. Love this Nation and all the crazy rules and regulations it bestows on us (minus a few I suppose) but I generally believe most of the world thinks we Americans (we the people) are a bunch of fools who were lucky to be born in a country like our own because of said stable shit NOT because they idolize a bunch of crazy white, black, mexican, asian, romanian, turkish, rabbit, brown bear, crock, etc etc... just my 2pennies and ferget it if yea weren't talkin' to me
 

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hitchbot-destroyed-in-philadelphia-ending-u-s-tour-1.3177098?cmp=rss

HitchBOT destroyed in Philadelphia, ending U.S. tour
Researchers say Canadian-made hitchhiking robot ruined beyond repair
The Associated Press Posted: Aug 01, 2015 8:54 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 01, 2015 8:54 PM ET

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The anthropomorphic robot named hitchBOT, seen here during its cross-Canada trek in 2014, was destroyed on Saturday, two weeks into its attempted trip across the U.S., according to its creators. (Paul Darrow/Reuters)

The hitch-hiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment say someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair on Saturday, ending its brief American tour.
sr successfully hitchhiking across Canada last year and parts of Europe. It set out from Marblehead, Massachusetts, two weeks ago in July with the goal of reaching San Francisco, but never made it off the East Coast.

The creators were sent an image of the vandalized robot but cannot track its location because the battery is dead.

They say they don't know who destroyed it or why. But co-creator Frauke Zeller says many children who adored the robot are now heartbroken.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< ---- Just shows you evidence of life everywhere....philly is a kind, loving city rooted in the art, music, food, fasion, DIY lifestyle with a few idiots who did this to hitchbot, making the city look bad....every city has the douchebages (or drunken ones, which is different because I can understand doing something like that really drunk, but its just ashame it had to end in mycity,,,,I wanted it to make it across the country mor
 
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