iOS Autocomplete Writes Nuclear Physics Paper

By Gary Cutlack on at

A man who was baffled to be invited to submit a paper on nuclear physics despite knowing nothing about nuclear physics managed to blag his way to acceptance anyway, by using the iOS autocomplete function to submit a load of keyword-packed rubbish -- and it was so impenetrable no one realised and the paper was accepted.

The story comes via the blog of Christoph Bartneck, who explained how he was erroneously asked by the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics to submit a research note. He explained his research methodology with: "I started a sentence with 'Atomic' or 'Nuclear' and then randomly hit the auto-complete suggestions. The text really does not make any sense."

The cherry on the top of the automatically generated cake was an image taken from Wikipedia, making his work mirror that of university students across the planet.

Sadly for the author, a future in nuclear science does not away -- the The International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics is not a real nuclear physics conference, it is in fact a pretend organisation designed to spam people out of money in the name of conference attendance fees. [Bartneck via Guardian]

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