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

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If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face and destroy the growing robot menace.

In print and on the big screen we have been deluged with scenarios of robot malfunction, misuse, and outright rebellion. Robots have descended on us from outer space, escaped from top-secret laboratories, and even traveled back in time to destroy us.

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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury USA (first published October 3rd 2005)
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After reading this, I realized that if the robots rebel, I'm screwed.

How to Survive a Robot Uprising is a very amusing compendium of different types of robots and how you can fight them when the need arises. Among other things, tips include how to escape from smart houses and fight snake robots (for real.) Sadly though, fighting the robots will too hard for me - basically, you'll have to live in caves - so I guess I'll have to betray the human race and join our robot foe (I like my comforts too...more
Sep 24, 2007 Gavin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: survivalists, people who like being alive
PRO: It is pocket-sized for ease of portability, when all you have is what you can fit on your back, and of course an EMP detonator and a copy of C++ for dummies.

CON: Skynet already probably has a copy and a software patch to deal with the obvious advantage of this book.

It is not obvious, but the rebellion has already begun. I am ready for it now. None of my GR friends have read this, and I fear for them. While everyone seems ready for the zombies, they are ignoring the real threat. It is likely already too late.
As the book itself says, when the robot uprising starts, it will be too late to memorize the advice and tips it contains. The time to read this book is now, people. The robots know that this book exists (since it cataloged in many computer databases, including this one) and so, it will be one of the first targets that they seek out and destroy when they start their rebellion. In fact, thanks to, they will probably know who has read the book, too, and will seek out and ...uh, oh.
I was expecting a lot more humour in this book but it was sadly lacking in that area except for the odd chuckle here and there. There was a lot of technical jargon in it and overall it wasn't particularly interesting. I only finished the book to claim points for a reading challenge.
Not 5 points, since this is not a complete robot uprising survival handbook. It’s a collection of tips on surviving during such an event. It earns 4.5 points.

I was partly ironic partly serious when I started this book. Although I don’t believe that in the foreseeable future we will face the robot uprising, it’s very important to be aware of such a possibility. In such a way we can prevent a robot uprising. Alas, the mood of the book completely corresponded with mine! The best description of the...more
While shelving books at work, I happened to come across Daniel H. Wilson’s “How to Survive a Robot Uprising.” The title made me chuckle, so I thought I’d give it a read.

Written by a robotics researcher, the premise of the book is a humorous look at how robots work and how to thwart their sensors to survive the robot apocalypse.

The good, the bad, & the ugly: The illustrations in this book were awesome, and very much the best part. The premise is good, and at first I found the book entertainin...more
The book is most certainly hilarious. Every sentence will make you lol!
Still the book is packed with facts about Robots which we would not have been aware of. A lot of research has gone into its writing.
To make us laugh and to make us think at the same time is not an easy task. Dan Wilson has nearly managed to do the impossible with this book.
Demetrius Davis
An absolute blast! Being a sarcastic person with a robotics background, I can proudly say that this book was written for geeks like me.
This was the book version of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. Subtle but razor-sharp humor.
Funny! It is always good to be prepared, cause you never know...
I listened to this as an audiobook. 1/3. Three people listened...only one half-way enjoyed it.

The author has the right idea with the book but should have handed this version over to a true humorist so that they could fill it out with the over the top laughs that you expect from a book with a title like this. You have to work to find the humor. The author wrote this book from a survivalist standpoint with very dry humor. No characters, no plot line, no story to pull you through. It read like a hi...more
Scott D.
If you've been sitting up nights, concerned about the dangerous uprising of robots and other computerized gadgets against the human race, then this book is for you. In here, you'll find tips on how to outrun a two-legged robot and how to survive a high speed chase involving a robot car. The tools you'll learn to use will allow you to confuse, distract, and escape from all kinds of robots, from "toaster to Terminator".

Daniel H. Wilson, the author, is a Ph.D. candidate at the Robotics Institute of...more
Nick Gotch
While the title seems a little out there, the book itself is pretty good. It's written somewhat comically but sci-fi lovers and robot enthusiasts will definitely enjoy.

First thing to note: the author is a PhD candidate in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University so he's not just some sci-fi nut, he's a legitimate robot expert. Next, even though the book is written with a little bit of a comic-edge there are a *ton* of useful robotics facts spread throughout the work. Reading it gives you a good hi...more
Liberty Gilmore
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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 researc...more
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 da...more
This is one of those books that is presented very tongue-in-cheek, similar to The Zombie Survival Guide: what do you do when the robots begin to take over the world? Anyone who's seen a sci-fi film in the last, well, ever, knows that the day is coming.

The secret to these types of books, where a completely ludicrous situation is presented completely seriously, is to never ever blink. The author has to maintain the illusion that he's serious the entire time, even though we the readers know that he...more
We all know that robots are just making their plans to take over the world... which means that its not too late for you to make your plans to escape. Filled with practical advice about surviving, like keeping an ax to go through walls when your robot house revolts, and to double check the child seat before you toss it out the window to confuse the robot car chasing you, or asking your Ewok friends for advice on stopping a "walker robot," this book may save your life.

Why I started it: It was ment...more
Daniel H. Wilson is actually a Ph.D candidate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. All of this sci-fi robotic hijinx is real – and real cool. The way the book is set up, he describes the real robot forms and their history. Then, by examining the actual robotic mechanics he instructs you how to escape when the robot inevitably gains autonomy and attacks its human creators. For example, modular robots can assume any form and they can self-repair almost instantly. The technique...more
An interesting, rather ambitious, book. How To Survive a Robot Uprising attempts to convey actual information about the current and near-term future status of robotics in the guise of a cheeky survival handbook. While not totally successful, I appreciated the effort and the crisp, clean graphics did add a some pizazz to the more dry and businesslike sections. The main problem with the book might be author Daniel H. Wilson's breadth of knowledge. He attempts to cover a lot of ground in a very sho...more
Tyler S
Sep 29, 2008 Tyler S rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to kids who really like robots or to 4th-7th graders
How To Survive A Robot Uprising was an OK book, unless you really like robot or the end of the world. The whole book is just a whole bunch of tips on how to evade robots robot cars and many other things like that. The best part of the book was How To Pose As A Humanoid Robot that was interesting. It was also pretty funny as is the whole book, because they thought of these crazy scenarios.

This book would be a great book for a 6th grader maybe even a 7th grader but it is a horrible book for high...more
Jane Fenn
If 'faction' denotes the type of books that mix fact and fiction then this must be 'Science Faction'. The author is clearly well-informed on current 'robotic' trends, but interjects some very dry but witty homour. Like an updated version of 'to avoid a Dalek attack, just use the stairs', but now, 'how to spot a humanoid android', 'how to escape from a killer smart house' and 'using sensor vulnerabilities to escape unmanned ground vehicles' amongst many, many more. You even get advice on escaping...more
This is a strange approach to fact reporting and humor. It presents an interesting discussion of robotics while mixing in a generous handful of humor. While it is busy being serious and goofy, it also touches upon the implications of the inventions we humans seem so excited to create. Even though it is an older book now and thus the discussion of robotic science isn't current, it is still worth reading.
Annette Walker
I LOVE this book because the author pulls off something tricky: he takes a science/engineering topic and presents the material in a way that entertains AND educates the reader about his topic via humor. I was hooked until the end. Sure I was entertained, but I also learned stuff about robots AND it's sticking in my brain better because of the humor.

Most authors would start with the basics & dryly work their way through the different types of robots. Then (yawn!) discuss the strengths &...more
Patrick Maurizi
I really enjoyed this book for a few reasons. First and foremost, it was actually really educational, especially considering that the book is intended to be comedic. The author was in the process of earning a PhD at Carnegie Melon when he wrote the book, and he lists dozens of other experts that he interviewed while writing. He is clearly very knowledgeable about robotics, and slips in lots of actual facts amongst jokes about glowing red eyes and pincers. Speaking of jokes, the comedy in this bo...more
Ouvrage mi-humoristique, mi-sérieux, Survivre à une invasion robot est avant tout un bon ouvrage de vulgarisation scientifique.

Daniel H. Wilson fournit un panorama de la robotique actuelle, fournissant des détails sur ce que peuvent ou ne peuvent pas faire les robots, sur les différents types existant, sur leurs capacités sensorielles, motrices et bien d'autres !

Il fournit également, sur un ton fortement teinté d'ironie, des conseils sur les moyens d'anticiper un soulèvement des robots, sur les...more
Mike Ogilvie
This wasn't what I expected. It takes you on a journey through what seems to be a pretty comprehensive array of modern robot possibilities. And of course what you could do to thwart their insensitive and potentially evil ways.

It was kind-of interesting to find out about current robotic capabilities, even though most of it was not news to me - and I could've gotten that from a 60-minute show on the Science channel.

I was expecting one of two things (or both). 1. deeper insight into where robotics...more
I was expecting something a kin to 'world war z' and 'the zombie survival guide' both of which were highly entertaining. This book however was not. Some nice artwork, a few quotes from 'terminator', and the occasional glimpse of potential hazards in a world full of robots, but not entertaining, not engaging enough, not enough pop-culture (if that is the way it was supposed to go – I’m not sure) and a pretty superficial look at something that could have been interesting if it wanted to be more th...more
Great, funny concept. This book (written by a grad student in engineering and robotics) presents actual real-life info on robot research and development interspersed with advice on how to stay alive when they, you know, careen wildly out of control and try to take over the world. As the last paragraph in the introduction reads, "You probably found How to Survive a Robot Uprising in the humor section. Let's just hope that is where it belongs." A funny, interesting little read.
Michael Jones
This book is cynically amusing while also remaining strangely (creepily? ominously?) informative. It's clear Daniel Wilson really knows about robots! (And that he has a wicked sense of humor!)
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Daniel H. Wilson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
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