Tuesday, February 14, 2006

When Robots Go Bad

An amusing piece in the NYT science section on a new tongue-in-cheek book called How To Survive A Robot Uprising. The cutely nerdy author Daniel Wilson actually combines the latest scientific info from researchers to pinpoint vulnerabilities in robots so you get a primer on robot technology along with handy suggestions on what to do if you're attacked by a swarm of robot insects or Robbie The Robot gets all medieval on you. (Hint: go for the "eyes" -- the sensors.)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What do you do if HAL won't open the hatch door?

Anonymous said...

If you've got three people in your hideout and you think one of them is a replicant -- just ask them who won the Best Picture Oscar last year. Whoever gets it right is clearly a replicant.

popparazzi said...

If you suddenly face a person who looks identical to yourself, thrown yourself off the nearest skyscraper -- clearly you're a clone with implanted false memories.

Michael in New York said...

If a robot says he's come to serve you, immediately rent a DVD set of old Twilight Zone episodes.

Anonymous said...

If a smart robot attacks you, ridicule it by referring to it as a "Microsoftie." Drives 'em nuts.

Biboy said...

Wouldn't it be funny it robots went back and read all of these comments to decide who to assasinate? Stupid, oversensitve robots with no sense of humor whatsoever.

Uhhh...

I mean, nice robots. Nice, nice robots.

Michael in New York said...

Robots come in peace. I love robots. My remote control has a place of honor in my living room and I do its bidding.