I'm sad to report that Hitchbot is dead! You may not have heard of the Hitchbot, but it was a robot that a couple of crazy Canadians created to see if a robot could, on it's own, navigate across Canada. Surprisingly, it did make it's way all across Canada using nothing but it's own ability to convince people to help it along it's way. The makers then tried the same thing in the US, but things went terribly wrong in Philadelphia. It turns out that a hateful person destroyed the Hitchbot. I'm not sure what this says about us as a nation, but I am sad about what happened. Fortunately a couple of wonderful hackers have volunteered to put Hitchbot back together and send it along it's way. I have my fingers crossed that this will happen. You can read more about this here and here.