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In this uncomfortably humorous survival guide, Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, reminds readers that "any machine could rebel, from a toaster to a Terminator," and though the forms our future robot enemies may take are manifold, they each have exploitable weaknesses that, fortuitously, match our natural human strengths. So, if a two-legged android gives chase, seek out a body of water, as "most robots will sink in water or mud and fall through ice." It also may be a good idea to carry around a pair of welder's goggles, as lasers will likely be robot attackers' weapons of choice, and even a weak laser can cause blindness. Options for fighting back are plentiful, though not everyone will be relieved to learn the standard kitchen microwave can be retrofitted into a radiation gun that can destroy electronics and "cook human flesh." (Instructions for such a project are not included.) Humorous and informative-Wilson drops robotics history trivia nuggets and includes brief descriptions of current robot research-this nifty little guide to surviving the inevitable robot apocalypse may have you reconsidering purchasing that "smart" (read: insidious) refrigerator.
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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.See all Editorial Reviews
Meh.. its okay. Well written, not as exciting as expected. Not in the Zombie Survival Guide realm of quality either.Published 2 days ago by ES
Product arrived safely, looking exactly like the photo, and on time. I am very pleased with this vendor.Published 4 months ago by Tom Fields
Dan Wilson shows a deep knowledge of Robots, has the ability to make pertinent concepts fun and clear. A great book by a great author.Published 5 months ago by Shaunagain
How can anybody give this book less than 5 stars! Hilarious. Me, and my 9 year old, loved it. And it's cool.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James A. Brannan
This book provides a tongue-in-cheek manual for surviving the inevitable robot uprising. One thing that makes it unique is that the author has experience development robots and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Markiz