State of the art technology produced by a machine

Springer Nature has just published the first scientific book for which the content was entirely generated by a machine. It covers research into lithium-ion batteries.

Published by Springer Nature, it is the first scientific book for which the content was entirely generated by a machine – 'Beta Writer' the author, is software developed by the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

This work of 247 pages, collates over 150 research articles on lithium-ion batteries published between 2016 and 2018 and claims to be an overview of recent trends.

The algorithm developed by computational linguists is based on scientific articles published by Springer Nature, which analysed the content to select the most relevant publications. It then classified them into themes and provided succinct summaries with hyperlinks allowing access to the original source documents.

The editor chose not to manually modify the texts to demonstrate the existing state and the limits of content generated by machines.

The book can be downloaded free of charge.  

Springer Nature would like to open a public debate on the possibilities, implications, challenges and potential risks of machine-generated content in scientific publications and intends to extend this pilot project to content in other fields.

This article was published by Marie-Pierre Vidonne, of Innovea (CH) (mvidonne@innovea.ch), in the CFIB e-Mag of which Sirris is editor (https://lecfib.net/).

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