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Posts Tagged ‘Daniel H. Wilson’

Robot Swarm Snatches Book

As if librarians didn’t have enough to worry about already, scientists have developed a robot team (or “swarm”) capable of working together to grab a book. In the remarkable video embedded above, you can watch the team in action.

Check it out: “Swarmanoid is a heterogeneous robot swarm in which different groups of robots have different capabilities: some robots are specialized in manipulating objects and climbing, some in moving on the ground and transporting objects, and some in flying and observing the environment from above. This video presents the Swarmanoid project, a 4 year research project coordinated by Marco Dorigo and funded by the Commission of the European Union.”

Visit the website of novelist Daniel H. Wilson for tips on how to survive a robot uprising at your local library. (Via io9)

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Robopocalypse Book Video Contest Winner Revealed

21-year-old Stephen Lunsford has won Doubleday’s book video contest, creating a one-minute short for Daniel H. Wilson‘s new novel, Robopocalypse.

The young filmmaker won $750 for his video. We’ve embedded his winning entry above–what do you think?

Lunsford explained his video  in the release: “The definite inspiration for the short was the Alien (1979) trailer; in my opinion it’s the best movie trailer of all time … While I would have liked to have had more shots to add to the film, ultimately my cast/crew was mostly unavailable save for one afternoon and night. We shot the whole thing in about four hours in Toluca Lake/Burbank.”

Robopocalypse Video Contest

To celebrate the release of Daniel H. Wilson‘s Robopocalypse, Doubleday has opened a video contest.

The Robopocalypse Video Contest features three cash prizes: $250 for second prize, $500 for first prize, and $750 for the grand prize. Readers have until May 13th to design a video inspired by the new novel.

Here’s more from the release: “Your video must be either 30 seconds or 60 seconds in duration and in one of these accepted formats: ‘MOV,’ ‘MP4,’ ‘WMV,’ ‘FLV,’ or ‘AVI.’ Your video must feature the book shot of Robopocalypse somewhere within. You can find everything that you need, including an excerpt of the book, images, directions on how to upload your video, complete rules and other resources at our Facebook page.”

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Why Should the Robots Let You Live?

robot23.jpgTo celebrate the trusty handbook, “How to Survive a Robot Uprising,” Tor.com has sponsored a contest, asking readers to “imagine that they are in the midst of a vast robot uprising and persuade our robot overlords why you should be allowed to live”–competing for robot-themed goodies.

Readers can create their pleas for robot mercy in three formats: poetry, visual art, and video. The three winners will take a copy of a futuristic by Daniel H. Wilson and a t-shirt from My Robot Overlords. The contest opens today, and closes at 12 p.m. ET on August 12, 2009.

Here’s more from the post: “Daniel himself will be judging this contest on behalf of our future robot overlords. We have no idea what criteria he will use (unless he chooses to provide more information in the comments), but it’s probably a safe bet that creativity and sense of humor will be at least as important as production values.”