Posts Tagged ‘october 15’

Troubled Anthony Levandowski’s PRIBOT Prius, Last Seen Banged Up in the Western Addition Six Years Ago

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Was reading this…

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology. By Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen

…and that reminded me of this, the last time I saw PRIBOT, the ur-car, left forgotten on the mean Streets of San Francisco:

Poor Pribot!

In closing:

“He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”


Tough Times for Pribot: Google Employee’s Robotic Toyota Prius Hybrid Gets in Fender Bender, Gets Ticketed

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Remember happier times back in aught-eight, when “Pribot,” the famous autonomous Prius, was roving the Streets of San Francisco with a huge SFPD escort and teams of camerapeople in tow?

Well, those halcyon days are over, so now Pribot has been relegated to getting ticketed by DPT, just like regular nonrobotic cars.


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You can’t see the the damage from when Pribot scraped its left side exiting the Bay Bridge, but these days there’s evidence he/she/it has had more driving trouble.


Did Pribot crash into something? Or maybe a careless San Francisco driver backed up too far? Or maybe a human master made a mistake?

(Of course, when you’re making an omelet, as Google is doing in full force in 2011, you’re going to break a few eggs. Anyway…)

Poor Pribot!

All I could do was put a spare Kraftwerk mixtape under one of its windshield wiper arms and then turn to walk away.

Pribot, you were the first, you are the ur-robotic Prius, you are the Jetfire of the autonomous car universe.

Bon courage, Pribot!

7th Annual “San Francisco Native Jamboree” Returns to the Sir Francis Drake on October 15, 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I’ll tell you, just as there are two kinds of Stanford grads (those who tell you they went to Stanford within 15 seconds of meeting you for the first time and those who don’t), there are two kinds of “native San Franciscans” (those who tell you they were, wait for it, “born and raised in San Francisco” within 15 seconds of meeting you for the first time and those who don’t). I’m seriously.

Anyway, the 7th Annual San Francisco Native Jamboree is a coming to the Sir Francis Drake on October 15, 2010, to help you remember the Good Old Days.*

*How long ago was it that real estate agents thought it was perfectly fine to shut down shop and literally flee the building when they saw Black People coming up the street to look at houses in Saint Francis Wood? And how long ago was it that the union workers at the Golden Gate Bridge went on strike rather than simply acquiesce to the hiring of a Black Person to maintain Our Famous Bridge? Well, Not That Long Ago.

Anyway,  they’re saying born or raised in the invite, so keep that in mind. All the deets:

Bringing Native San Franciscans Together

Presents the 7th Annual San Francisco Native Jamboree October 15th, 2010

Come Celebrate Our Roots!

 Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Friday, October 15, 2010

6:30 PM –7:45pm Cocktail Reception (No Host Bar)
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM Sit down Dinner
9:00 PM – 11:30 PM Entertainment & Dancing

Register now!

Were you born or raised in San Francisco? Did you attend school in “The City?” What are you fondest memories of growing up here? How about turning 21 at the Tonga Room? Taking the ferry to Angel Island for a family picnic? Walking across the rarely trafficless Golden Gate Bridge on Opening Day or the day we celebrated its 50th Anniversary?

The San Francisco Native Jamboree is a chance for us “rare” native San Franciscans to get together! It’s a Homecoming and a great party! Imagine meeting your high school sweetheart, or friends you haven’t seen in years!

This year’s Masters of Ceremonies is comedian and magician, Robert Strong. Also, enjoy a walk through San Francisco through photos with Third Generation Native and Journalist Tom Graham.

This year our silent auction will support Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, whose agency’s mission of delivering nutritious balanced meals to homebound seniors in San Francisco has remained the same since their founding in 1970. Please join us to support the work of this worthy organization! 

San Francisco Generations, Inc. offers opportunities for San Francisco Natives to get together and connect or reconnect. In addition to our Annual Gala, The San Francisco Native Jamboree, we also put on other smaller scale events