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text 2018-10-04 04:30
My son's first book club!
Operation Robot Storm - Alex Milway

Today as I drove my son home form my parents' house he started talking about how he and his friends were reading Alex Milway's Operation Robot Storm together. It took a few questions and a conversation with my wife to piece together what had happened: he took his copy of the book (which I had read to him a couple of years ago) up to school, and he read it to two of his friends. So now they are reading it together!

When I had gotten the gist of what had happened, I made him an offer: I was willing to help him get two more copies of the book so he can give them to to give to his friends, then they can all read it at the same time and then talk about what they were reading. He took me up on the offer immediately, and the copies are on there way.

 

And just like that, my son is in his first book club!

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review 2018-09-30 04:04
The Wild Robot (audiobook) by Peter Brown, narrated by Kate Atwater
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

The Wild Robot is a Middle Grade sci-fi/survival/talking animal book. I had seen it before and considered getting it, but I have too many books as it is. When I saw that my local public library had added it to their Overdrive audiobook collection, I pounced on it. I believe my checkout included access to accompanying files with illustrations, but I didn't attempt to find and open those files.

The Wild Robot begins with a terrible shipwreck during a hurricane (although the words "climate change" are never used, this is definitely a vision of the near future that includes some of the effects of climate change). The ship's cargo included several robots, only one of which survived the wreck. That robot, Roz, is activated by a group of curious otters. Over the next few months, Roz gradually learns how to survive in the wild and communicate with the animals around her. Can a robot somehow make friends and find a home in such a wild place?

I really enjoyed how this audiobook started. The beginning seemed very much like a robot survival book, as Roz attempted to figure out how to protect herself from the elements and from animals. She was programmed to be nonviolent and was therefore incapable of fighting back against any animals that attacked her. She was also programmed to keep herself clean and shiny, a serious drawback in outdoor survival, where her shininess drew attention to her and prevented her from properly hiding from dangers.

I was a bit disappointed when Roz learned to communicate with animals and this suddenly morphed from an outdoor adventure into a talking animal book. Somehow, Roz's newfound animal communication skills allowed her to talk to all animals she came across in full sentences, and allowed them to talk to her in full sentences. I had some trouble accepting that Roz and a beaver were somehow using beaver language to discuss the specifics of building a lodge. The beaver even suggested that Roz grow a garden with some help from local deer. Meanwhile, I was sitting there wondering how a beaver and deer were supposed to know anything about gardening.

Eventually, I managed to stop thinking of the book's animals as true animals so much and was able to think of them more as talking animals, which helped me enjoy the story more. (I'm guessing that the author really did intend for them to be true animals, based on details later on in the book. But animal communication doesn't work like that, so I'm just going to go with my "talking animals with a few true animal characteristics" interpretation.)

Roz's efforts to find a place for herself and make friends were nice, although the lengths she had to go to before the animals stopped considering her a monster and started considering her a friend occasionally bothered me. I mean, what if she hadn't been able to build all those lodges?

At any rate, I particularly liked her efforts to figure out motherhood after she accidentally became the mother of a gosling. I worried about where Brown planned to go with that. In theory, Roz could outlive Brightbill, her son. If you, like me, worry about fictional animals, I can tell you that

there were a few animal deaths here and there but that, as far as I can remember, none of the animals readers are likely to be most attached to die.

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I did start to worry that Roz wasn't going to make it, though. It's amazing the amount of damage she sustained in only a few months living in a forest. With no humans around, there was no way for her to acquire new parts or get any kind of maintenance. It was a relief to know that a sequel already existed. If Roz was the main character of that book as well, surely she wouldn't be destroyed at some point in The Wild Robot.

Kate Atwater's narration was wonderful. I liked most of the voices she chose for the various animals, and her robotic Roz voice somehow managed to be appealing. She was accompanied by various sound effects, such as otter squeaks and button clicks, which I thought was nicely done.

All in all, I enjoyed this and will probably read (or listen to) the next book at some point.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2018-09-30 02:30
Finished!
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

I just finished this, with three and a half hours to go before it expired.

 

Looking over my remaining Halloween Bingo squares, the only one this could even vaguely qualify for is Fear the Drowning Deep, since it begins with a terrible shipwreck during a hurricane. However, this isn't a mystery, suspense, supernatural, or horror book - the only "mystery" is the question of Roz's origins that crops up once or twice - so it looks like this is going to be going towards my Free square.

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text 2018-09-22 18:36
Microsurgery Robot Market to Witness Widespread Expansion During by 2025

Robotic surgery, computer-assisted surgery, and robotically-assisted surgery are terms for technological developments that use robotic systems to aid in surgical procedures. Robotically-assisted surgery was developed to overcome the limitations of pre-existing minimally-invasive surgical procedures and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery.

In the case of enhanced open surgery, autonomous instruments (in familiar configurations) replace traditional steel tools, performing certain actions (such as rib spreading) with much smoother, feedback-controlled motions than could be achieved by a human hand. The main object of such smart instruments is to reduce or eliminate the tissue trauma traditionally associated with open surgery without requiring more than a few minutes' training on the part of surgeons.

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However, high cost of microsurgery robot will negatively impact market growth. Strict regulations laid by various regulatory bodies and dearth of skilled personnel can potentially restrict industry growth during the upcoming years.

Major advances aided by surgical robots have been remote surgery, minimally invasive surgery and unmanned surgery. Due to robotic use, the surgery is done with precision, miniaturization, smaller incisions; decreased blood loss, less pain, and quicker healing time. Articulation beyond normal manipulation and three-dimensional magnification helps resulting in improved ergonomics. Due to these techniques there is a reduced duration of hospital stays, blood loss, transfusions, and use of pain medication.The existing open surgery technique has many flaws like limited access to surgical area, long recovery time, long hours of operation, blood loss, surgical scars and marks.

Microsurgery Robot Market is segmented on the basis of Application,on the basis ofEnd-use and on the basis ofRegion.

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By application it’s segmented into :

• Colon and rectal surgery

• Gastrointestinal surgery

• Gynecology

• Orthopedics

• Children

• Others

The segmental growth is attributable to growing burden of chronic diseases on healthcare industry. Multi-specialty hospitals offer advanced therapeutic solutions to patients, thereby improving patient outcomes. Affordability of hospitals to buy technologically advanced robotic systems and increasing adoption of minimally invasive surgical procedures will increase demand for microsurgery robot in assessment period.

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Key players operating in the market includeTransEnterix signed an agreement with Great Belief International Limited for further advancement and distribution of its SurgiBot Robotic System.

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text 2018-09-18 00:23
Reading progress update: I've listened 73 out of 254 minutes.
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

Roz is now the accidental mother of a gosling, and it's giving me Horton Hatches the Egg vibes.

 

This started off as a robot trying to figure out how to survive in a realistic wilderness without human guidance. It has since morphed into a talking animal book, which disappoints me a little. I'm trying to adjust, but it's weird that a beaver is advising Roz on how to make her home more inviting to guests ("grow a garden!") and telling her she needs to find a way to heat her home before it gets colder.

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