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Monday, July 5, 2010

How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson

  • On the face of this nonfiction book, it's a humorous poke at the popular media's portrayal of robots. However, in the process of discussing how to elude and avoid detection, it discusses the problems of having robots perceive and navigate their environments. Humorous, fun, and enlightening. Keep it in stock to hand your advanced students looking for something to do.
  • If they're doing it for credit, students might write down three things they learned about robotics for each chapter they read.
  • (If they write down one or more of the jokes, inform them that these are good attempts but they need X more to get credit. If they insist that they have followed the assignment, tell them that this will be a good time for them to learn how to distinguish humor from science.)

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