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

Overview

An inspired and hilarious look at how humans can defeat the inevitable robot rebellion—as revealed by a robotics expert.

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.

...

See more details below
Paperback
$9.93
BN.com price
(Save 28%)$13.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (115) from $1.99   
  • New (11) from $3.97   
  • Used (104) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

An inspired and hilarious look at how humans can defeat the inevitable robot rebellion—as revealed by a robotics expert.

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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582345925
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 375,862
  • Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.45 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.52 (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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 14 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Was not expecting much

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    F U N N Y

    This book is hilarous, but it also gives a look at robotics and really if there was an uprising.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Perfect Blend of Education and Humor

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    Very good humor! Or is it?

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Essential Guides for Daily Life

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Not what I'd hoped for.

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 22, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Good if you're into robots.

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    Very entertaining

    The book is very entertaining and easy follow. Who knows, may come in handy some day...

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 14 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)