Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Defend yourself against the coming robot rebellion

Defend yourself against the coming robot rebellion

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Ph.D. writes a satirical book with practical advice for defending yourself against robot rebellion. The book, "How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion" is clearly humorous, but with real information about robot technology like:

A robot trying to find you will use thermal imaging based on the roughly 91-degree temperature of human skin, so smearing yourself in cool mud will confuse them. If being chased by an unmanned robot vehicle, flee to a rustic, unmapped area with lots of obstacles. If your robot "smart" house -- one wired with video surveillance and computer gear -- tries to trap you, chop your way out with an ax and don't take your cell phone, because the house will track you with it.

The book has caused some minor bristling by the other robiticists at CMU. They don't want any negative robot related publicity.

The book is available not at Amazon.

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