How to Survive a Robot Uprising

  • by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and 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 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.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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Funny and Interesting Book

How To Survive A Robot Uprising is a humorous and informative look at current and theoretical future capabilities of robotics.

This audio book is worth it's price just for the fascinating look at technology and the progress being made. But it goes further than that, and wraps it all up in a unique format, musing on how robotic capabilities and weaknesses will influence how we must fight them if the day ever comes when they rebel on us.

The narrator for this audio book also reads very well, and his deep voice really adds to the books documentary-like feeling.

I would like to share with you a few of my favourite quotes from the book:


On Why We Should Be Concerned:
"In Japan, fuzzy little real robots are delivering much appreciated hug therapy to the elderly. Children are frolicking with smiling robot toys. It all seems so innocuous. And yet, how could so many Hollywood scripts be wrong?"


On Thwarting A Robotic House:
"Stay focused, your house may play misleading sounds and voices, manipulate environmental conditions such as lighting and temperature, and even try to reason with you using evil robot logic."


On Identifying Robots Disguised As Humans:
"Listen to the subject's voice. Make sure that intonation and emotion in the voice are consistent with the situation. Set off an emotional response in the subject with compliments, jokes, or insults. Bolt immediately if you hear an impassive Austrian accent."


"Try to evoke an emotion. Does the speaker mind when you intimately discuss the promiscuity of his mother? If not, you may be dealing with a very polite human, or a non-human. Either way it's a good idea to hang up the phone."


On Emotions (how's this for logic?):
"Never show fear. Robots have no emotions. Sensing your fear could make a robot jealous, and send it into an angry rage."


It's a highly entertaining listen that is not only amusing, but actually deals with a lot of real science.
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- Gurmukh

Good, not great

This is a none-to-subtle rip off of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, which I cannot recommend highly enough (see also World War Z).

That being said, it's well-read, well-written, and successfully sneaks interesting information about robotics to the listener.
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- Eric

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.