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Hitchhiking robot thumbs its way across Canada

Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:40 AM
The anthropomorphic robot named hitchBOT sits on the shoulder of Highway 102 to begin its 6000 kilometer cross country journey outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

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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