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Heroes, Month by Month

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THEY DID GREAT WORK THIS YEAR. WE LOOK AT THE BEST MOMENTS OF 2014, MONTH BY MONTH.

HitchBot

The Perfect Passenger

Canadian researchers wanted to see what would happen if they put a robot out on the streets…and they got their 
answer. He wasn’t 
stolen or destroyed. 
People gave him a lift and talked to him.

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YEP, THIS THING HERE  OUR MAN OF THE YEAR 

hitchBOT made his way across Canada, and in doing so he proved the smartness of technology and the kindness of humans. 

Last summer, an immobile robot traveled 3,700 miles across the world’s fourth- largest country. Friendly drivers picked him up along the way. Made and monitored by scientists and roboticists at Canadian universities, hitchBOT made it from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Victoria, British Columbia, in 21 days. The robot could speak and hear, thanks to mics and sensors. His journey was a victory for artificial intelligence and the decency of normal folk. 

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The Red Bulletin has put together an anthology of notable personalities and events of the past twelve months. Some, like Monty Python orFoo Fighters, celebrated their comeback to the applause of a loving public. Others made their first steps on the international stage. Starting with the young singer from New Zealand, Lorde.

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