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 a thorough overview of cutting edge robot prototypes like humanoid walkers, insect, gecko, and snake robots, this one-of-a-kind audiobook makes a witty yet legitimate introduction to contemporary robotics.
©2005 Daniel H. Wilson; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"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)
This book cleverly weaves real scientfic truth about Robots with common causes for Alarm bred into us by movies such as the Terminator and shows you how in very practical terms how to survive malicious robots, who want to harm you. The book is very comprehensive.
Its a practical way to engage with your technology loving older children if listening to this book together. I particularly loved the clever suggestions such as how to stall a malicious robot by asking it what the largest prime number is.
The narrators voice is brilliant. Super deep, non emotive and fitting to the story at hand, while never changing tone even during potentially lethal descriptions of killer robots.
My son and I laughed for hours to during night drives.
There is some heavy technical content in the book whcih I had to explain to my 12 year old, with many references to historical robot related movies and robot stereo types.
While the information in this book was accurate and somewhat interesting, I had hoped that it would take a more creative route. I was looking at this book after enjoying "A Zombie Survival Guide" and this did NOT fit the bill.
Its a well read and humorous listen. There really isn't much to say, listen to this book to get some info about robotics and laugh while you do it and who knows, maybe, just maybe, if the revolutions comes soon enough, this book will save your life.
I have never resorted to an insulting review, but in this case it is appropriate. The best description I can find for this book is stupid. The author is all over the place, but he goes nowhere with this material. I'm not sure, but I think he thinks that he is funny, but he is not and it makes listening to this very frustrating. Save your credits.
The format is very dry, and the facts presented will be no surprise to a reader of SlashDot. There is a lot of geek / scifi fan humor, which is what I enjoyed the most. This would be funny as an animation because the visual image of combining every precaution and action into a single character would be hilarious.
I thought this would be a witty discussion of robotics and their current and projected future developments but instead it was slow, heavy handed, and intellectually weak. Even if you know nothing about robotics this would not educate you and it certainly had no snap or wit to it. Save your money.
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