Author: Morgan Sensenbach
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
A part human and part robotic baby girl was born into a loving human family. She at times felt lonely because she was so different, but she had many animals and fun hobbies. Robot Girl discovers what is really important in life. Come find out what Robot Girl discovers.
Warriors of Fate
Author: J G Adams
Imagine a universe where anything is possible. A place where witches and wizards do battle against vampires and robots. Picture villains so dark in nature that their soul swims in all that is evil. Fathom a demon so powerful that a handful of the universes mightiest heroes will have to sacrifice all they are for a chance to stop him. Try and find a single scepter no bigger than a baseball bat just to banish him back to the hell that begot him. Hope that the worlds newest hero, Robot Girl, can put him to rest with the help of her newfound teammates.
Author: Malorie Blackman
Category: Children's stories
Claire is keen to find out what her dad has been working on in his lab. He's been really excited about it and Claire knows it must be something that will make him even more famous. But the big reveal isn't at all what she expected and now Claire has a dilemma on her hands - what do you do when your dad has created a monster?
Performance, Imagination, and Modernity
Author: Yuji Sone
Category: Social Science
Japanese Robot Culture examines social robots in Japan, those in public, domestic, and artistic contexts. Unlike other studies, this book sees the robot in relation to Japanese popular culture, and argues that the Japanese ‘affinity’ for robots is the outcome of a complex loop of representation and social expectation in the context of Japan’s continuing struggle with modernity. Considering Japanese robot culture from the critical perspectives afforded by theatre and performance studies, this book is concerned with representations of robots and their inclusion in social and cultural contexts, which science and engineering studies do not address. The robot as a performing object generates meaning in staged events and situations that make sense for its Japanese observers and participants. This book examines how specific modes of encounter with robots in carefully constructed mises en scène can trigger reflexive, culturally specific, and often ideologically-inflected responses.
8th International Conference, CCD 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016, Proceedings
Author: Pei-Luen Patrick Rau
This book constitutes the proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design, CCD 2016, held as part of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2016, held in Toronto, ON, Canada, in July 2016 and received a total of 4354 submissions, of which 1287 papers and 186 poster papers were accepted for publication after a careful reviewing process. These papers address the latest research and development efforts and highlight the human aspects of design and use of computing systems. The papers thoroughly cover the entire field of Human-Computer Interaction, addressing major advances in knowledge and effective use of computers in a variety of application areas. The 81 papers presented in the CCD 2016 proceedings are organized in topical sections as follows: culture and user experience; cross-cultural product and service design; cultural ergonomics; culture and mobile interaction; culture in smart environments; cross-cultural design for health, well-being and inclusion; and culture for e-commerce and business.
Author: Michelle Lee
Publisher: Transit Lounge
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Michele Lee describes herself as the ‘fence-sitting’ middle child in a large Hmong-Australian family. Banana Girl is the explosive and poignant memoir of her rites of passage. Sexy, irreverent and nuanced, Lee isn’t afraid to lay herself and her relationships bare. Intimacy in an on-line world, sexual adventures and Gen Y yearnings, turning thirty as an Asian-Australian woman in inner city Melbourne, and the travails of becoming an artist, all capture Lee’s riveting gaze. The result is a book that is erotic, witty and revealing, a gutsy true story of self-acceptance that takes hold and won’t let go.
Author: Heather Sharnette
Category: Children's stories
In Pursuit of the Perfect Woman
Author: Paula James
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Why has the myth of Pygmalion and his ivory statue proved so inspirational for writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and directors and creators of films and television series? The 'authorised' version of the story appears in the epic poem of transformations, Metamorphoses, by the first-century CE Latin poet Ovid; in which the bard Orpheus narrates the legend of the sculptor king of Cyprus whose beautiful carved woman was brought to life by the goddess Venus. Focusing on screen storylines with a Pygmalion subtext, from silent cinema to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lars and the Real Girl, this book looks at why and how the made-over or manufactured woman has survived through the centuries and what we can learn about this problematic model of 'perfection' from the perspective of the past and the present. Given the myriad representations of Ovid's myth, can we really make a modern text a tool of interpretation for an ancient poem? This book answers with a resounding 'yes' and explains why it is so important to give antiquity back its future.