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Binding: Paperback Dewey Decimal Number: 818.607 EAN: 9781582345925 ISBN: 1582345929 Label: Bloomsbury USA Manufacturer: Bloomsbury USA Number Of Items: 1 Number Of Pages: 176 Publication Date: 2005-11-01 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Release Date: 2005-10-13 Studio: Bloomsbury USA
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.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Hilarious Comment: This book was absolutely hilarious. I bought it for one of my close friends, and we had a lot of fun going over the facts in the book about various survival techiques. It felt a little like a copy of the Zombie guide, but the book is completely different in design and layout. The pages and colors in the book are beautiful and fun, and the diagrams are cute to go over. Really great for birthday or just because gifts to those paranoid friends! Don't miss out on this book in case of a robot uprising! Customer Rating: Summary: Beautiful book, lack of writing skill from the author Comment: I want to start by saying the looks of this book far surpassed my expectations, the robot on the cover and the letters on the back are silver and the pages are heavy and glossy like the best
the illustrations add a bit of flavor and keep with the zest of the book
the information on robotics is plentiful and clear
de downside is that the tone of the book is sometimes more informative than funny. humor is a difficult task for any writter, and this guy just falls short most of the time, he gets to forget the theme of the book and goes on explaining current robotics to get back on track at the end of the chapter by saying something like "it'll be good to keep on mind this when these robots eventually rebell".
of course there are some highlights, but i'd like to see more advise like on "outsmarting your smart house" about having a room devoid of any sensors near the outside with an axe, supplies and an exit plan
all in all a very pretty, entertaining and interesting read, but if you are looking for a "zombie survival guide" hilarious equivalent for robots we'd better convince max brooks to write it Customer Rating: Summary: Very funny and educational Comment: The book's theme is pretty obvious from the title. What makes this book interesting is a robotics expert wrote it, so the book is both funny and educational.
He takes the many cliches in robot disaster movies and shows what robots can and cannot do, by presenting the reality of robots against the fantasy versions.
Because of this, you can learn a lot about the current state of robotics from this book. It's also an engaging read, written in a half-funny, half-serious style where robotics knowledge comes in bite-sized chunks in a survivial guide format.
If you enjoy sci-fi, want to know a bit more about robotics, understand robot's limitations and want a good laugh along the way, this book is a great fast read.
Frankly, what scares me more about robots are (a) the inevitable bugs in the software and (b) hackers who takeover robots to do their bidding. If PCs have taught us anything, both (a) and (b) are inevitable.
Customer Rating: Summary: Get this now before its to late . . . . Comment: They may already be watching these reviews so I'll make it quick. Its risky enough buying it online for they could easily track you down . . . get this book before you don't have a chance to get it. They'll be here before you know it and then you'll wish you had a handy pocket sized guide to
*** Transmission Terminated *** Customer Rating: Summary: Entertaining and Educational Read! Comment: I came across this author's second book Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived a few months ago. It was a sensational read so I eagerly ordered this, his first book. The same great entertaining and at the same educational way of writing makes this another very enjoyable must own book. Plus you are not going to throw this one away either as when the inevitable war against the machines happens, you're going to need to refresh your knowledge by rereading this. So maybe order a few copies, one for the home and the others in the places you have prepared in the wilderness to live as you flee, regroup with other humans and make your plans to combat the machines.
With a masters degree in robotics and data mining Daniel Wilson certainly knows his stuff but has the ability to teach the reader some of it in everyday language. Throw in frequent humorous lines such as "Your robo-vacuum may be bumping into your feet in a malevolent attempt to kill you - or just trying to snuggle" and you've got another book that once you start you just can't put down.
Wilson has four books out at the time of this review along with Where's My Jet Pack you'll also want to get How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies and his latest Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahahaha!. If humorous human peril survival guides against what we hope in our lifetime are an enemy we only come across only in the movies is also your thing also get Max Brook's The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.