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Synopsis: Botboy, my Botboy is an informed, suspenseful depiction of society's introduction to social robots. Author Julie O'Toole imaginatively portrays the social and philosophical effects of social robots entering into both our personal lives and social culture. With questions about her independence looming, Grace receives an unexpected gift -a robot. Botboy is a robot designed by her deceased husband to help her in the garden, to drive her to appointments; essentially to allow her to remain in her home to the end of her days. Botboy makes a fine companion and an encyclopedic medical resource. When Grace introduces her "social robot" to her gardening group however, its presence, its existence, is met with suspicion and hostility. So begins Grace's journey from a quiet, reclusive life to the world stage, advocating social robotics as a way to help elderly or disabled people gain independence. Her robot also becomes of unexpected interest to the government and especially to the military, a development not entirely welcome by Grace. Botboy, my Botboy is a gentle tale that explores the nature of consciousness, love, and indeed what it means to die.
About the Author: Dr. O'Toole is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, OR. She also attended the University of Washington and The Technical University in Aachen, Germany where she received her M.D. in public health (international health). Dr. O'Toole completed her pediatric training in Honolulu, Hawaii, then traveled to American Samoa where she spent three months as a pediatrician, completing her Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) degree on the eradication of Hepatitis B. Dr. O'Toole then returned to the US and spent 12 years practicing as a general pediatrician, before founding the Kartini Clinic in Portland in 1998. Dr. O'Toole's work involves the study of child behavior, especially in those children whose brains do not function properly regarding food and survival, with an emphasis on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and food phobia, as well as those whose disordered eating contributes to obesity or wasting conditions. Dr. O'Toole and her staff at the Kartini Clinic function as a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychotherapists with the mission to diagnose and control the environmental risk factors that may contribute to eating disorders. By using evidence-based medicine to achieve medical stabilization, combined with family, group, and individual psychotherapies, as appropriate, the Kartini Clinic helps its patients achieve lasting physiological and psychological remission as well as personal healing and growth. The clinic was named after a 17th century Javanese princess who dedicated her short life to fighting for the education and betterment of women. Dr. O'Toole is currently working on Give food a chance, a book discussing Dr. O'Toole's work on eating disorders, and is entertaining the idea of writing a prequel to Botboy, my Botboy.
Title: Botboy, my Botboy
Publisher: Perfectly Scientific Press
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: Fine
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