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What to do when robots attack

November 7 2005
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What to do when robots attack

November 7 2005

Books

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What to do when robots attack

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.

“How, then, to realize HOW TO SUR-

your dream of spraying VIVE A ROBOT

a robot with hundreds UPRISING

of rounds?” Use a siDaniel Wilson;

lencer-most robots Raincoast;

can’t cope. Yet. $16.95