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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon There's a metaphor for Haas's life to be found in the events on this page, if you look for it...

And there's an important lesson to be learned here, too: Never gesticulate wildly while you are teleoperating a robot gardener via force-feedback gloves. It's not, perhaps, a lesson you can apply to your own life right now - but it may be, some day when such robots become common.

Teleoperated robots are actually available nowadays, and are often used for functions such as bomb disposal and the handling of hazardous materials. A radio-controlled model plane or car is technically a teleoperated machine, so it's quite possible you've handled a teleoperated device - if not a robot - in the past.
(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Gah. That stupid rose trellis took three times as long to ink as everything else on the page combined. And I have no one to blame but myself, since having a greenhouse was my idea in the first place. What was I thinking? If I have anything to say about it, next time this happens the robot is going to get tangled up in black electrical cords, or maybe a single cardboard box.