Nonsense or brilliance? Apple iOS autocomplete writes a Nuclear Physics paper; gets accepted at international conference

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Published: October 24, 2016 1:52:13 PM

The autocomplete feature of iOS and Android has always been a feature of great use as well as irritation for users. But in an intriguing event, the Apple iOS wrote an academic paper on the much-revered field of Nuclear Physics, and was selected for an international science conference.

Christoph Bartneck, ios, ios autocomplete, ios autocomplete nuclear physics, Christoph Bartneck ios autocomplete, ios paper, ios nuclear physics, apple ios, ios news, nuclear physics, Christoph Bartneck ios, Christoph Bartneck nuclear physicsChristoph Bartneck, the professor in his blog post wrote, ?Since I have practically no knowledge of nuclear physics I resorted to iOS autocomplete function to help me writing the paper. (Source: Bartneck.de)

The autocomplete feature of iOS and Android has always been a feature of great use as well as irritation for users. But in an intriguing event, the Apple iOS wrote an academic paper on the much-revered field of Nuclear Physics, and was selected for an international science conference. In New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, an associate professor at the Human Interface Technology laboratory got invited to submit a paper to the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in the US this month. Christoph Bartneck, the professor in his blog post wrote, “Since I have practically no knowledge of nuclear physics I resorted to iOS autocomplete function to help me writing the paper. He added, “I started a sentence with ‘atomic ‘nuclear’ and then randomly hit the autocomplete suggestions.” Bartneck created a fake identity of Iris Pear, aka Siri Apple, to submit the paper.

The text that he wrote in the paper, made absolutely no sense. “Atomic Physics and I shall not have the same problem with a separate section for a very long way. Nuclear weapons will not have to come out the same day after a long time of the year he added the two sides will have the two leaders to take the same way to bring up to their long ways of the same as they will have been a good place for a good time at home the united front and she is a great place for a good time,” is how the abstract of the paper started. The paper ended with the gibberish, “Power is not a great place for a good time. ”

The paper was illustrated with the title “Atomic Energy will have been made available to a single source” which was again by Autocorrect. The first graphic was based on the Wikipedia entry for nuclear physics.The meaningless paper was accepted just three hours later. Bartneck received an email which asked him to confirm a slot for the ‘oral presentation’ at the international conference. The International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics will be held on 17-18 November in Atlanta, Georgia, though Bartneck will not be a part of it since he has been asked to pay $1099 to go as an academic speaker.

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