Video Surfaces Of The Attack On HitchBOT: Just Another Example Of Philly Douchebaggery
Least surprising news of the decade: that friendly robot hitchhiker which was trying to make it from Boston to San Francisco via the kindness and generosity of strangers -- hitchBOT -- made it only as far as Philadelphia, where it was beaten up and decapitated by an unknown assailant.
Now video has been uncovered of the attack -- and of course it was a guy in an Eagles jersey, wearing a backwards baseball cap. It appears to be a Randall Cunningham throwback jersey. This attack is horrific: view with caution.
The surveillance video appears to have been taken at about 5:45 a.m. on Aug. 1.
How long before we just admit to ourselves that Philadelphia was a huge mistake, and just throw it into the ocean? At least encase it in plastic, like the Bottle City of Kandor, and let them live their lives away from the rest of humanity. Philadelphians are, for the most part, douchebags. And if booing Santa Claus, throwing up on spectators at Phillies games, mocking an ex-player's divorce with signs, or just this:
To add to that, I was told that on Friday night the Phillies section in centerfield was spotted at one point screaming “fag” and “asshole” at the Nationals mascot as he was taking photos with children. Classy.
isn't enough, then we have this:
— Popular Mechanics (@PopMech) August 3, 2015
But wait, is Philadelphia redeemable?:
The Hacktory, a group of design and technology makers, says it wants the robot to continue its trip. They're asking hitchBOT's creators for their approval of the plan — and for a parts list to make repairs, if the robot is salvageable.
"We feel it's the least we can do to let everyone, especially the Robot community, know that Philly isn't so bad, it's got some really great stuff going on, and great people."
So there is hope. If these folks pull this off, I take back everything I wrote at Philadelphia. Except the part about how that city gave us M. Night Shyamalan. Still no excuse for that.
HitchBOT is an experiment by Canadian researchers Frauke Zeller and David Harris Smith, who wanted to test "trust, notions of safety, and our attitude towards technology," by sending the small robot across the U.S. on a hitchhiking journey.
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