iOS autocomplete nearly addresses physics conference
|October 23, 2016||Posted by News under News, Peer review|
But rivals feared the system would hog the stage?
From Elle Hunt at Guardian:
A nonsensical academic paper on nuclear physics written only by iOS autocomplete has been accepted for a scientific conference.
Christoph Bartneck, an associate professor at the Human Interface Technology laboratory at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, received an email inviting him to submit a paper to the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in the US in November.
“Since I have practically no knowledge of nuclear physics I resorted to iOS autocomplete function to help me writing the paper,” he wrote in a blog post on Thursday. “I started a sentence with ‘atomic’ or ‘nuclear’ and then randomly hit the autocomplete suggestions.
“The text really does not make any sense.” More.
This is pretty much an old type of news now, ever since the first famous Sokal hoax in 1996. What’s not good news is that nothing much has changed in 20 years. Maybe no one wants to grapple with how little it matters any more in many fields.
See also: Another hoax journal article retracted
Physicist admits hypocrisy about journal failings
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