03/08/2015 12:02 BST | Updated 03/08/2015 12:59 BST

HitchBOT Hitchhiking Robot Tries To Prove Humans Are Great, Found Decapitated On Street Corner

HitchBOT was supposed to show us that human kindness really does know no bounds, it was supposed to travel the world highlighting each country's best traits.

Instead it ended up decapitated and in pieces on the side of a street in Philadelphia.

Created in Port Credit, Ontario, HitchBOT was the result of a collaboration between Dr. David Smith and Dr. Frauke Zeller.

Dr Smith originally came up with the idea of a robot hitchhiking across the world with the aim of studying the interaction that would then follow between a robot and the public with little to outside help.

Simply put, he wanted to throw a robot in at the social deep end and see how humanity would react. Would we help it find its owner? Give it a lift as far as we could manage or resent its existence.


In many ways Dr. Smith saw every variation of this, HitchBOT made it across Canada, the Netherlands and much of the East coast of the USA.

Sadly it was not a journey that was fated with a happy ending however, and as CBC journalist Lauren O'Neil discovered, sometimes bad things happen to good robots.