Posts Tagged ‘Platypus’

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

They Call Me MISTER Platypus! – My White Whale Spotted, Again

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

This is the closest I’ve gotten to this now-famous ride:

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“PLATYPUS” – go figure. I don’t think Old GM had a platypus car…

de Young Musuem: Come for Dramatic Platypus, Stay for “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris”

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Well, maybe this critter seen below isn’t as famous as the dramatic chipmunk yet, but no matter – our de Young Museum will let you see it for free in the regular collection when you come to ogle Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris.

And the Big Reviews are In from:

Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker; and

(De facto) Examiner Art Critic Janos Gereben

They both love it, non?

Get your tickets here.

As seen outside the Big New Picasso Show. (And actually, there’s a reason why you can see the Godzilla-style zipper on the back – can you think of why? Look for it, before or after your Picasso tour, and you’ll find this piece somewhere in the de Young…)

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See you there!