How to Survive A Robot Uprising

How to Survive A Robot Uprising

Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

Book - 2005
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Presents a humorous guide to battling mutinous robots, including tips for deactivating rebel servant robots and escaping from a murderous "smart" house.

McMillan Palgrave

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 charming 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.
How to Survive a Robot Uprising was named as an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
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. This is his first book.
Two-color illustrations throughout.
Click here to listen to an audio sample and to purchase the audiobook version of the title.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781582345925
Characteristics: 176 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm


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BeccaBB Apr 30, 2016

There is a surprising amount of real information about robots (and geckos) in this book. It is a survival guide to a robot rebellion that is written by a real roboticist. So all of the technical data about robots is real. He explains what robots are capable of and what they will be capable of in the near future. And because he knows what he’s talking about all of the techniques for thwarting the upcoming attack ring true as well. It is written with a sense of humor and I often found myself laughing as Wilson walked me through defeating a robot foe. I don’t think I’ll be building any EMP bombs to keep on hand any time soon but all of the truth in the book, told by an expert in the field, made the uprising seem completely possible at times. There were a few spots where Wilson repeated himself a bit but it was nothing that detracted from the book much. It’s fun, it’s a fast read and you just might learn something. If you are into robots give it a try. Or if you are a science fiction fan read it to see how your favorite ‘rebellious robot’ movies hold up against the cold hard facts.


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