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

By Daniel H. Wilson
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

3.07 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and 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 secrets to quashing a robot mutiny. From treating laser wounds to fooling face and speech recognition, outwitting 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. Based on extensive interviews with prominent scientists and including an overview of cutting-edge robot prototypes like humanoid walkers, insect, gecko, and snake robots, this one-of-a-kind book makes a witty yet legitimate introduction to contemporary robotics.

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Summary

Summary

How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and 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 secrets to quashing a robot mutiny. From treating laser wounds to fooling face and speech recognition, outwitting 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.

Based on extensive interviews with prominent scientists and including an overview of cutting-edge robot prototypes like humanoid walkers, insect, gecko, and snake robots, this one-of-a-kind book makes a witty yet legitimate introduction to contemporary robotics.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Humorous and informative…this nifty little guide to surviving the inevitable robot apocalypse may have you reconsidering purchasing that ‘smart’ (read: insidious) refrigerator.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrator Rudnicki, a voice associated with the best of audio’s contemporary SF writers, gives an appropriately deadpan performance.”  Kliatt
“A fabulous, funny book that is both entertaining and informative…Stefan Rudnicki did an excellent job capturing the mock-seriousness of the subject matter…Rarely has science fact been mixed with science fiction to providing such an entertaining book.” SFFAudio.com
“A ‘must’ for any interested in robotics, science fiction, or solid humor spiced with a bit of fact.” California Bookwatch

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Author Bio: Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson has worked in top research laboratories, including Microsoft Research, the Palo Alto Research Center, and Intel Research Seattle. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 3.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English