University of Canterbury researcher's nonsense paper accepted by US conference
A University of Canterbury researcher's paper on nuclear physics, written entirely by iOS auto-complete, has been accepted by a US conference.
Associate Professor Christoph Bartneck explained the strange turn of events in a blog post.
On Thursday, Bartneck received an invitation from the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics to submit a paper.
"Since I have practically no knowledge of Nuclear Physics I resorted to iOS auto-complete function to help me writing the paper," he explained.
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Bartneck, whose background is in Industrial Design and Human-Computer Interaction, started sentences for the paper using words linked to the field like "atomic" and "nuclear" and let the operating system's auto-complete function do the rest.
"The text really does not make any sense."
Bartneck also added an illustration on nuclear physics from Wikipedia, a few references, and created a fake identity for himself - Iris Pear (inspired by Apple's Siri).
He submitted the paper to the conference organisers and it was accepted within three hours.
Automatically generating scientific articles had become easy with special dedicated software, Bartneck said.
But this was a whole new ballgame.
"I know that iOS is a pretty good software, but reaching tenure has never been this close."
To give you an idea of just how nonsensical the finished product was, here's an excerpt:
"The atoms of a better universe will have the right for the same as you are the way we shall have to be a great place for a great time to enjoy the day you are a wonderful person to your great time to take the fun and take a great time and enjoy the great day you will be a wonderful time for your parents and kids."
In the email, conference organisers tell Bartneck (aka Iris Pear) his paper has been accepted for the oral presentations and invite him to register to secure his place.
The conference is set to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on November 17 and 18.