Friday, November 25, 2016

Day Of The Incomprehensible

When gibberish got accepted as science:
Christoph Bartneck is an associate professor at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He was emailed an invitation to submit a paper to the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics. By his own admission, Bartneck has “practically no knowledge of nuclear physics.” Yet he still wanted to send something.
Enter iOS autocomplete. “I started a sentence with ‘atomic’ or ‘nuclear’ and then randomly hit the autocomplete suggestions,” he later blogged.
It was accepted to the conference three hours after he sent it.
Had he inadvertently created something profound? (Much as an unlimited number of monkeys hitting keyboards might create the great works of literature.) Not by any means. The first sign was the autocomplete generated title, “Atomic Energy will have been made available to a single source” and the general absurdity continued through to its final sentence: “Power is not a great place for a good time.”
The good news is, it wasn't that much different from the real thing...

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