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200,000 Books, With Computers Doing Some of the Work

     
5:34 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Mr. Parker has generated more than 200,000 books,

But these are not conventional books, and it is perhaps more accurate to call Mr. Parker a compiler than an author. Mr. Parker, who is also the chaired professor of management science at Insead (a business school with campuses in Fontainebleau, France, and Singapore), has developed computer algorithms that collect publicly available information on a subject broad or obscure and, aided by his 60 to 70 computers and six or seven programmers, he turns the results into books in a range of genres, many of them in the range of 150 pages and printed only when a customer buys one.

200,000 Books, With Computers Doing Some of the Work [nytimes.com]

5:34 pm on Apr 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Roald Dahl's short story "The Great Automatic Grammatizator" predicted this one a long time ago. Sigh ;)
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>predicted this one a long time ago

Perhaps more ominously as far as the web is concerned, so did Fantomaster while in Edinburgh, September 2005.

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Doesn't seem all that different from those blogs that were created automatically from snippets of text.
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>> Doesn't seem all that different from those blogs that were created automatically from snippets of text.

I think it is far more insidious. Imagine being charged $26 before being sent to said blog, instead of simply being cheated out of a click on the back button.

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He is a book spammer. What a loser.
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jcoronella, I agree, it is more insidious--I was commenting only on the process, which had been presented as if it were some new thing...