Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 12:49pm
When you first pick up this book in the comedy section of the book store, you do not expect to learn a lot from this book. You expect it to be a fun romp through the doomsday scenarios that you see in classic and modern Sci-Fi. While this does happen for you, with references from everything from The Terminator to iRobot. It also has a fair amount of real science in it.
Which does not make a lot of sense until you take a look at the author's biography: "Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, where he also received Master's Degrees in Robotics and Machine Learning. He has worked in top research laboratories, including Microsoft Research, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and Intel Research Seattle."
So, a comedy book written by an actual scientist, and who says that geeks can be funny. This book is that rare combination of laugh out loud hysterical and really informative. It will probably remind you a lot of your favorite college professor--you know the one that made you learn without realizing that you were.
On the whole this book is well worth the read, and it may keep you from ever looking at your Roomba the same way again.