It Looks Like Hitchbot Made It

Remember when I wrote about Hitchbot? Remember how I was afraid he wasn’t going to make it?

It looks like he made it! I saw pictures that said he was there, followed by tweets that said he wasn’t quite there yet. But at any rate, if he’s not there, he’s super close!

I have to admit I kind of got attached to the little guy, and when he didn’t tweet for a while, I’d worry. Yes, I would worry about a cake-saver, a beer bucket, some pool noodles and some wellington boots on some nuts and bolts. Maybe I have issues.

At any rate, he’s nearly reached his destination, after being taken dancing, to a powwow, camping, and all kinds of weird and wacky adventures. I guess people had fun with him.

Some amusing things I learned: apparently he accidentally got a bit religious, asking people if they thought there was a god, or if people believed in a Christian god. Apparently they had to fix that bug. And I really don’t know how much of a conversation you have with him, so much as he just talks at you for a while. I think the funniest moment was when he started rhyming off a poem about the open road…to noone in particular.

Also amusing in that video is how people can tell him to cram it if they’ve had too much of his Wikipedia recitations.

I really don’t know what to call him, he or she. For some reason I thought of Hitchbot as a he before I heard its voice, which is female. But I can’t call it an it, not a lot anyway.

I wonder if this was a true test of trust, since they got a bunch of news coverage, so people sort of knew what Hitchbot was. What would be a real test is if they released another one with no fanfare and watched what it did.

Anyway, congrats Hitchbot! I think you’ve made it!

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