Want to learn about lithium-ion batteries? An AI has written a tedious book on the subject

www.theregister.co.uk | 4/8/2019 | Staff
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Writers looking to make their names typing impenetrable technical tracts be warned: the machines have arrived and they're already penning scholarly books few will ever read.

On Monday, Springer Nature published what it claims is the first machine-generated book from an academic publisher, titled "Lithium-Ion Batteries, A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research."

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That claim to be first, qualified though it may be, is difficult to verify. Ross Goodwin's "1 the Road" (2018), is sold as "the first real book written by an AI," although it probably isn't. Journalism written by code has been a thing for several years, mainly for rote reporting like earnings reports, earthquake alerts and sports scores.

The book for battery boffins, available as a free download, provides an overview of lithium-ion battery research, summarizing more than 150 research papers published between 2016 and 2018. It was assembled through a process overseen by Christian Chiarcos, assistant professor of the Applied Computational Linguistics (ACoLi) lab at Goethe University.

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"This publication has allowed us to demonstrate the degree to which the challenges of machine-generated publications can be solved when experts from scientific publishers collaborate with computer linguists," said Chiarcos in a statement. "The project also enabled us to better understand the expectations of authors, editors, publishers and consumers – with regard to both scientific and economic requirements."

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