Man "writes" 200,000 books


23 Responses to “Man "writes" 200,000 books”

  1. Agent 86 says:

    “As he gently inserts his Error: noun349 undefined into her throbbing Error: unable to complete requested action.”

  2. creative intuition says:

    I wonder how he made the linguistics AI software.

  3. Xenu says:

    Michael Crichton will finally have some competition.

  4. Dodobird says:

    In this kind of situation “writing” is the wrong word to use. Compile or a word with a similar meaning would be much more correct.

  5. Antinous says:

    Yeah, but The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India is probably a better read than Jurassic Park.

  6. desmondhaynes says:

    Isn’t that what the spam blogs do too? take feeds and churn “articles”… Of course, the sophistication here is much higher, it may seem.

  7. danegeld says:

    To quote the authors response to a complaint:

    “If you are good at the Internet, this book is useless”, adding that [the customer] simply should not have bought it.

    It reminds me of a second hand bookstore I found in Edinburgh one summer that sold books like groceries — you take what you want to the front desk and they weigh it and price it at £1.50/pound or so.

    I think the RAND corporation is still king of the computer generated book, with their epic treatise,

    “A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates”

    ISBN/EAN: 0-8330-3047-7
    (availabile in paperback for $90.00)

  8. mark_at_flickeringpictures says:

    I wonder how much of that stuff is copyrighted, or lifted from inaccurate, unreliable blogs and things?

  9. WeightedCompanionCube says:

    One billion random ones and zeros! Now with twos!

  10. angry young man says:

    A computer was used to generate a romance novel a decade or so ago. I had to review it, and if it wasn’t entirely terrible, it wasn’t more than your typical amateur drivel, much like when actual humans try to write a bestseller based on the 10-12 elements common to all bestsellers.

  11. airship says:

    I’ve written over 20 technical books, and I can tell you that the hard part isn’t deciding what to put in, but what to leave out. You want information in a book to be concise, digestible, and easy to find. My 400-page books would have been 10,000-page books if I’d included ALL of the information in my source material.

    And what about the issue of combining and distilling related material? What good is a ‘book’ if it covers the same topic in 10 or 20 different places, most of it repetitively?

    At best, this program is only performing the first step in the writing process – research. The result is nothing more than a pile of hopefully-relevant research notes. Like the guy says, if you’re good at searching the Internet, you can do the job yourself.

    On the other hand, I can’t imagine you finding anyone willing to write a book on “The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India”. Not and remain sane, anyway.

  12. bcsizemo says:

    So it’s wikipedia for the those living off the grid…..

  13. l1XM0R3 says:

    Actually, between 1927 and 1942, Marquis de Lalande (otherwise known as Hubert Puits) wrote 672 novels (mostly novellas and Romantic types of books) in a publishing factory he fashioned in Meudon. If he had a computer (or Memex) I’m sure he would’ve surpassed this gentleman’s number, so I’m unfortunately not impressed.

  14. Doomstalk says:

    It sounds like the book equivalent of a splog.

  15. Jamie Sue says:

    #7 ROFL!

  16. caxton says:

    There’s a long and noble tradition of, and a strong argument for, compilation as an act of creation. Consider the Abbé Migne, the mid-nineteenth century French scholar, schemer, and pyramid-scheme player who published almost 500 volumes of the writings of the (Catholic) Church Fathers – there’s a delightful book by H. Bloch on Migne.

  17. Beezy says:

    I had an idea like this once, but it involved a bunch of monkeys and some typewriters. It didn’t work out.

  18. Iax says:

    Maybe this guy is the reason why amazon is pretty much banning print on demand books?

  19. aarrgghh says:

    this sounds straight out of roald dahl’s “the great automatic grammatisator” (1960)

  20. aeflash says:

    Thats what I was going to say…

    It’s funny because in that story the first person to use their name on books written by the grammatizator was a romance novel writer…

  21. howtoplayalone says:

    That was Julia’s job in 1984.

  22. howtoplayalone says:

    That was Julia’s job in 1984…

  23. vaughnd says:

    Wonder what copyright issues surround this? Are you allowed to make money off content printed from Wikipedia? What about an online medical journal?

    I reckon Ray Kurzweil could do better.

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