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How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion Paperback – October 13, 2005
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The book is an engaging and relatively painless introduction to robotics. For those interested in science fiction, particularly in writing it, Wilson offers an up-to-date overview of robotics technology as it stands as well as a wealth of technical terms and buzz words. The humor is based almost entirely on well-known "evil robot" plotlines, and so the text is also useful for steering the potential writer away from cliches. The quality of the humor, however, is hit-and-miss. Some of the jokes are quite funny, some are groaners, and some simply fall flat. Occasional bad grammar detracts from the overall presentation.
Simultaneously educational and fun, How to Survive a Robot Uprising will make a good read for technophiles, sf fans, and B movie buffs.
First, know your enemy. Recognize that robots have "natural" weaknesses - lack of context/social adaptability, physical limitations over certain types of terrain - that humans can exploit to advantage. Be aware also that they may have certain strengths that humans lack; after all, that is what they are built for in the first place, isn't it? They do not need to sleep, for example, and therefore can perform tasks for a potential 24/7. Robots also may have "superhuman" abilities. Some robots can track your heat signature with thermal imaging cameras, mine credit card databases for information about you, turn built-in lasers on you, and of course, best you physically in a hand-to-hand combat situation with metal pincers and/or superior strength. How To Survive a Robot Uprising is soaked with information about current robotics and the trends that are now under development so that you can plan alternatives.
Next, avoid aiding your enemy unawares. They have been infiltrating our factories, offices and homes for years. They are pretty much everywhere now, and they will be able to link up with and/or control devices that go where they cannot. What will you do on that day when your cell phone signals your location to the evil supercomputer that controls the laser-armed satellites? Or when your Smart House locks you in and "leaks" the gas from your heater?Read more ›
When the robots came, I'll be the first to admit: I was arrogant. I've been in a few fights, I've seen upwards of two Bruce Lee movies, and my blood alcohol content was the stuff of legends, so I figured I'd be immune to pain. However, two stumbling, poorly aimed swings later and it became quite clear: Robots are immune to punches. Nobody warned me about this kind of thing in Robot Fighting School, which was probably all just a fevered hallucination now that I think about it.
Regardless, there I found myself, punch (and regular) drunk, with two bleeding fists and an utterly unphased robot standing mockingly intact before me, when suddenly I remembered!
I had just bought Mr. Wilson's book for fear of this exact scenario!
I frantically tore through the bookstore bag as my imminent death loomed before me. When my hands finally found purchase on the brilliant tome, I knew I was saved. I quickly spread open the pages, squinted down through the murky half-light at the tiny text, panicked, and then opted to just jam the whole damn thing into the robot's gearbox. It stalled out, the smell of burning wires singing the air, and chugged to a laboring halt. It sat immobile; I had beaten it. I imagine if I had actually read Mr. Wilson's book, I could have come up with a more graceful solution, but time is short and robots are deadly. One does what one can.
Now, the robot sympathizers out there say that I am not a hero, they say that I am a menace to society, and that in reality I simply attacked an old woman's ventilator after I got hammered on stolen mouthwash from the Walgreen's, but I know the truth: I know that Daniel Wilson's book saved my life, and that, thanks to him, there is one less clanker out there smoking up our streets.
Thanks, Mr. Wilson! I owe you a drink. Do you prefer cinnamon or spearmint?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never has the rise of the machines been so enjoyable to read. Some good laughs and even some clever ways to take out a robot that's decided to go rogue and hunt you down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Web Drifter
Meh.. its okay. Well written, not as exciting as expected. Not in the Zombie Survival Guide realm of quality either.Published 11 months ago by ES
Product arrived safely, looking exactly like the photo, and on time. I am very pleased with this vendor.Published 15 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 16 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 21 months ago by James A. Brannan