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dateline: 05 August 2014

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Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • hitchhike: to ask for a free ride from someone you don’t know
  • document: to record details or information
  • professor: post-secondary teacher
  • optimistic: having a positive outlook about the future

Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada

A robot is hitchhiking and documenting journey by tweeting and keeping an audio diary. The robot, known as hitchBOT, was designed by two professors in Ontario. Their goal is to the relationship between humans and smart technologies. The robot is equipped with a tablet and is capable of having a basic conversation. It has pool noodles for limbs and a bucket for a torso. who pick up the robot receive special instructions, such as how to charge it. HitchBOT was dropped off last Monday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and had already made its way to Toronto, Ontario by Friday. Its final destination is an art gallery in Victoria, BC. The researchers involved in the project are optimistic that the robot will make its way safely to the , relying on the goodwill of drivers.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Who built the robot?
    2. What is the purpose of this project?
    3. Where is hitchBOT’s final destination?

Discussion Questions: Would you ever pick up a human hitchhiker? Why or why not? What about a robot hitchhiker?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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