Rise of the adorable machines

There’s a robot making its way across Canada right now. It’s not very advanced — just a Nexus tablet attached to an Arduino, really. Yet it’s already made its way from Halifax to Toronto in about a week, and stands a good chance of making it to British Columbia before long. That’s because its most powerful feature is its cuteness.

HitchBot was designed by Professors David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller to see how humans would interact with a robot in an unstructured real-world setting. Zeller…

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