Have you heard of the robot that a team of researchers created to try hitchhiking around the country? For some reason, Bad story about this robot came to my mind this week and it reminded me of an unofficial video made for one of my favorite songs.
For anyone who doesn’t remember, that year was 2015 and the world was as full of hope as Brad and Angelina are still together, Trump is still just an idiot who wants to be president and Harambe the gorilla still walking among us. A simpler time.
And this was the year when a group of scientists decided they should build a hitchhiking robot and see how far it could travel around the world. It managed the streets of the Netherlands well, spent a week touring with a heavy metal band and even attended a Red Sox game in Boston. But one day in 2015, The friendly robot met its demise in a Philadelphia alley. I’m not saying this is when everything started going downhill to the world, but I don’t Not say.
Anywaylittle robot that looks a bit like the star of a video made to Home via LCD sound system. This is not an official music video and has not been approved by the band or record label. But it’s a cute watch nonetheless.
Produced by Rick Darge and Mark Armes, the film shows someone creating a friendly-looking robot to go on an adventure around America. Along the way, it encounters pigeon clubs, traffic, and dancing, before the adventure begins to derail.
All of which is soundtracked by James Murphy’s melancholy reflections on life on the road and his time away from his family while on tour. It’s a lovely listen and an excellent watch. Happy Wednesday, everyone.