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How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 15 Jan 2006


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (15 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786144629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786144624
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 11.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel, exploring the inner workings of everyday stuff. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com.

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About the Author

Daniel H. Wilson is a roboticist at Carnegie-Mellon's Robotics Institute. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
I found the presentation of this book in both form and content to be first class.
The author borrows from movies and blends with scientific fact to project what robots will be like in the future. It goes on to offer tips on how to evade the various powers of perception robots may have and how to beat them should they go wrong.
The illustations are excellent and add to the hummorious tone of the book.
If your looking for a quick read on your way to work and are willing take the tongue in cheek view of the future presnted, I'd recomend this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Alcock on 13 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This was bought as a spur of the moment purchase so i wasn't really expecting a great deal from the book. What i got instead was quite a interesting funny read! The author obviously know what hes talking about when it comes to robots and provides lots of great references to current technology and to real working robots, this merely enforces his insane ramblings on the subject.
The book is also split into nice little sections explaining the fundamentals of the robots we could encounter and then elaborating as to how to survive confrontations with them. The art work in the book isn't great but his is just a minor drawback. Another great little touch is all the robot related quotes throughout the book ranging from bender to the terminator.
All in all i enjoyed the book and would suggest if you like robots, you will like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Wallace on 30 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Now its not really fair to directly compare 'How to survive a robot uprising' and Max Brook's excellent 'World War Z' World War Z, but some comparison is inevitable. Whilst WWZ is a imaginative, detailed, and throughly entertaining, 'robot uprising' is very primitive. Basically the small book consists of about 200 words on each type/aspect of robotics and its current state of research (as it's a book it's immediately out of date), and then that's kind of spun round to say the limits in current research are weaknesses to exploit in an uprising. There's no real kind of discussion of what an uprising would be like.

I thought the book was rather dull. That all said the artistry in the book is excellent if not abstract.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. E. Riddell on 23 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
I brought this book for my loveable (but somewhat geeky) boyfriend and he loved it. It is a short book, but very funny. Ideal for one of those conspiracy theorist types.
It is well presented, very shiney with the edges of the pages bright red, making it an excellent gift
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What's Good About It

The illustrations. No, seriously. Get yourself a copy just to flick through the illustrations - they are hilarious.

But in terms of the actual writing, that was pretty funny too - there are a lot of pop culture references, and some completely random statements that illicit a snort of laughter. The advice seems pretty sound too - Wilson clearly knows his robots (as he should do with a Ph.D in them) and the descriptions of current prototype robots are fascinating - great research for any budding science fiction writer.

The `How to Survive the Uprising' section was the best bit - there were some really funny `what to do only in a last ditch attempt' sections based on popular films, which made me laugh. And you could really imagine some hardened survivalist actually doing some of the things suggested.

What's Not So Good

A pedantic point, perhaps, but I didn't like the size of the book. It's supposed to be a pocket guide sort of deal, but the pages were quite stiff and difficult to read.

It was also a bit repetitive at times. As someone who has studied presentation of informative writing numerous times, I felt I could have given Wilson some tips on how to present his information. The old `Subheading-Information' routine got a bit dry by the end. I wanted diagrams and tables and charts etc. But perhaps that's me being a total nerd.

Rating: 3/5
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Format: Paperback
Roboticist Daniel H. Wilson has written a part humorous/part state of the nation summary of modern robotics and where it's going with a view to providing guidance on suitable strategies in the event of robots gaining sentience and trying to take over the world.

The strongest parts are those that look at where robotics are going and I was interested in the paragraphs on robotic lobster prototypes and modular robot designs. The humour was less successful, with Wilson trying to take a jokey `how to' guide style that didn't work for me. However it was interesting to read advice on changing your environment and appropriate weapons and there's also an interesting timeline for how a robot uprising might occur.

It's a slim book and as such can't offer more than a superficial look at the topic. This is a shame that Wilson doesn't offer a further reading list for people interested in the subject matter to check out because although this is obviously a tongue in cheek guide, it covers a lot of ground and has certainly made me want to find out more on the subject.

Ultimately, if you want a brief guide to robotics and suggestions on survival strategies then it's worth checking out and while it's provoked my interest in the subject, I would have actually appreciated something a little more in-depth.
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