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Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

the boy & his bot

The bell rang. Striding straight toward the robot, as it motored toward math class, was Zaaaaak-eryyyyy Yorrrrrk, best athlete in the whole school, the soon-to-graduate shortstop who'd given the thumbs-up to those long, loud and controversial introductions that Lyndon howled over the P.A. system each time a Greyhound stepped to the plate. "Hey, Zak, how's it going?"

"Good, Lyndon."

The bot stopped, arrested by something in the glass of the Greyhounds' trophy case. Through thousands of miles of fiber-optic cables and copper wires, through modems and wireless routers and servers and LCD screens, through a webcam at one end and a robot's camera lens aimed at a high school trophy case at the other ... a 15-year-old boy gazed at his own reflection.

That's me: 3'11". White. Very white. Verrrrry spindly.

No, that's the robot.

Lyndon Baty's body rejected a kidney transplant in 8th grade, and not long after that his immune system failed. Now he's the first person in history to attend school via remote controlled robot.