Daniel Wilson, a doctoral student in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, has found the perfect way to communicate advances in his field to the average reader. How to Survive a Robot Uprising is very funny and highly informative. Patterned on earlier humorous survival guides, Wilson’s book is structured as a series of “How-to” questions and answers.
Now that robot speech has taken giant strides forward, how do you tell if a strange voice on the phone is human? “Try to evoke an emotion-does the speaker mind when you intimately discuss his mother’s promiscuity?”
Newer robots can track bullets to their origins acoustically; some can accurately return fire within milliseconds.
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