Hitchhiking robot thumbs its way across Canada
Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:40 AM
OTTAWA (AFP) - A talking robot assembled from household odds and ends is hitchhiking thousands of kilometers across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment to see if those of its kind can trust humans.
Society is "usually concerned with whether we can trust robots," Frauke Zeller, co-creator of the "hitchBot," told AFP.
Hollywood movies like The Terminator and The Matrix often depict machines as enemies of mankind, according to the assistant professor at Toronto's Ryerson University.
But, she noted, quite the opposite is true of hitchBot.
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