A social art experiment, named HitchBot, will be looking to establish how humans interact with robots. A brain child of Dr. David Harris Smith and Dr. Frauke Zeller have built a little thumb wielding droid that can communicate with humans, track its own location and hopefully make its way across Canada. The experiment will see how willing humans are to help a stranded robot, “Usually, we are concerned whether we can trust robots…but this project takes it the other way around and asks: can robots trust human beings?” said Dr. Zeller.

The travelling tin can will be equipped with an LED screen and voice recognition, allowing it to engage in conversations whilst on the road. The creators of HitchBot hope ““that through this artwork, we can learn a lot in terms of social robotics and how we approach robots in non-restricted, non-observed environments.”