How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself against the Coming Rebellion

How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself against the Coming Rebellion

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by Daniel H. Wilson
     
 

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How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and then deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the keys to quashing a robot mutiny.

From treating laser wounds to fooling

Overview

How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and then deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the keys to quashing a robot mutiny.

From treating laser wounds to fooling face and speech recognition, besting robot logic to engaging in hand-to-pincer combat, How to Survive a Robot Uprising covers every possible doomsday scenario facing the newest endangered species: humans. And with its thorough overview of current robot prototypes—including giant walkers, insect, gecko, and snake robots—How to Survive a Robot Uprising is also a witty yet legitimate introduction to contemporary robotics. Full of cool illustrations, and referencing some of the most famous robots in pop-culture, How to Survive a Robot Uprising is a one-of-a-kind book that is sure to be a hit with all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786172900
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/2006
Edition description:
Unabridged, 4 CDs, 220 min.
Pages:
4
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 4.64(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel H. Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, where he has received master's degrees in Robotics and Data Mining. He has worked in top research laboratories, including Microsoft Research, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and Intel Research Seattle. Daniel currently lives with several unsuspecting roommates in a fully wired smart house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips On Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very curious about this book and was not expecting anything special. I was delightfully surprised when I started reading the book and found it full of information on all types or robots and robotic functions. This book is broken down into various categories that are both funny and very informative. The sections that cover how to evade robots as well as tips on hand to hand combat are funny in the way they are presented, scary in the implications, and filled with well researched information. I would highly suggest anyone pick this book up for a good laugh as well as a decent update on some of the robot technology that people are working on. The glimpses into how a robot works and constant pop culture references made the images come alive. I would love to see either a movie or a video game based on this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarous, but it also gives a look at robotics and really if there was an uprising.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent primer on the various advances in robotics in layperson's terms. At the same time it makes excellent bathroom reading as the chapters and sections are short enough to hold interest while concisely describing its' core material.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I find it hard to say if the author was just being humorous when writing this, or if he really did have an agenda. Even if it was written as an actual survival book (which much of the information enclosed seems quite plausible) this did not stop Mr. Wilson from including some very obvious humor that may have you gasping for air in between laughing stints. The parts of the book that are not histarical are oddly satifying, as they are filled with interesting information about modern-day robotics. To anyone who likes the comical stylings of Douglas Adams or Lemony Snicket (or perhaps if you truely fear the uprising of man's metalic creations), I cannot think of a better book to recommend.
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Angela2932ND More than 1 year ago
I'm disappointed with this book. Silly me! I thought I was really going to get foolproof tips on how to survive a pending rebellion, but no! Last week, I was taken hostage by my Nook and the robot in my living room. I was hoping that some of the clever tips I'd learned from this book would ultimately help me survive more ordeals, but alas--this book just does not provide enough to ensure survival. It was an enjoyable read, and the details about robotics were interesting, but I still am in the dark about how to free myself from these intruders with their memory chips and sensors. And how do I know if my boss is truly human? Danniel H. Wilson, the author, is actual a Ph.D. candidate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and packs his little book with informative information from his field that will help you identify the best strategy of defense in dealing with unruly technology. Personally, I'm hoping that our robotics will continue to function as a form of defense in helping to keep us alive, not kill us.
Coyotepedia More than 1 year ago
Truth be told, I wasn't impressed. Not as well thought out or written as the Zombie Survival Guide. Amusing here and there, but overall a disappointing read. Better for an audience that doesn't know much about robotics.
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JollyG More than 1 year ago
I've been reading zombie books lately and got this book just because I thought it may be sort of like it since it's practically the same genre. Though, turns out robots aren't as compelling as zombies to me. It is still a good book though with plenty of actual fact and good fiction. So if you're into real modern day robots or apocalypse books then this book should atleast be an alright read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very entertaining and easy follow. Who knows, may come in handy some day...
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