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

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

by Daniel H. Wilson

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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.
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ISBN-13: 9781635572650
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 732,033
File size: 12 MB
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About 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.


DANIEL H. WILSON is an engineer who earned his PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the author of Bro-Jitsu, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack? and How to Build a Robot Army. He lives in Oregon, with his wife, and blogs regularly at www.danielhwilson.com.

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How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips On Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarous, but it also gives a look at robotics and really if there was an uprising.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Zombie Survival Manual taught us how to survive if the undead started coming after us, trying to eat our brains and force us to join their ranks. But zombies do not exist, nor could they. They are pretend. Robots are not. Wilson looks at the research currently being conducted on robotics and extrapolates the future of robotics from this. He examines each kind of robot, their strengths and weaknesses, and lets us know how best to defeat the robots when (or if) they go bonkers. This book is funny and riveting at the same time. While the concepts are a bit out there still, they aren't all THAT crazy. I am not much of a sci-fi buff. I still sometimes say Star Trek when I mean Star Wars, but I also know what an ansible is. This book managed to pull enough actual science into the fiction to make the book interesting, plausible, and a little frightening.My favorite addition to the book was the very end, when he examines different movie versions of the robots going crazy. The Matrix, Star Wars, and I, Robot were all parsed for their ways of defeating the robots (I, Robot won for best method).
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a funny and informative book. It also looks great. It makes a great gift for friends who have everything, including a sense of humor. Its a very good quality book and the right size to take around with you in case their us a Robot uprising and you need to know what to do!
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is full of useful information on how to defeat the coming robot rebellion. Not only does it provide suggestions on how to hide, it also provides real-life explanations of how robots of today and tomorrow will implement sensors and navigate their environment. Interesting, informative, and humorous, overall a good read.
Arkrayder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 1 star for the design alone. 2 stars for the content.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not for the paranoid -- this humorous guide to the different ways and means by which the world is being overrun by minuscule robotic spy-flies, huge and potentially deadly, people-squashing computerized building devices, watchful camera-eyes which record our features and our credit card numbers, lobster-clawed, titanium-jointed crawlers which explore the ocean and the depths of space, not to mention the "Replicator"-esque modular robots which reform themselves to accomplish their tasks. The title may be far out, but the content is fascinating. Wilson describes robotic and computerized creations past and present, and extrapolates from present technology to future potential (and possible dangers). Each technical section is followed by a brief "How to..." section detailing avoidance and evasion techniques for foiling and/or destroying your robotic pursuers.With references to Star Wars, Deep Blue the chess playing genius, and HAL, sure, it's tongue in cheek, but will you know what to do when your Roomba attacks?
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Angela2932ND More than 1 year ago
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.
Coyotepedia More than 1 year ago
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.
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JollyG More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very entertaining and easy follow. Who knows, may come in handy some day...
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