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Thursday, April 14, 2005
Kerrybot and Roboclinton
As you can see from the following article we will soon have the ability to replace liberal loonies with robots. By experimenting on them we may find ways to prevent this dangerous aberration. Ain't technology wonderful?
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Fed up with invitations to submit papers for science conferences, three MIT students devised a software program that deliberately churned out nonsensical scientific gibberish.
Now one of their computer-generated ``papers'' has been accepted by a Florida conference.
Their fake report - ``Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy'' - is intended to show that many so-called academic conferences have few or no minimum standards. The gatherings' purpose: simply to make money.
``We decided to test the limits,'' said Jeremy Stribling, a graduate student at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab in Cambridge.
Stribling, 25, along with fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad students Daniel Aguayo, 25, and Maxwell Krohn, 27, worked on their ``context-free grammar'' software program for weeks.
The program randomly selects and assembles sentences, then drops in fancy-sounding verbs and nouns while also producing exquisitely inane charts and graphics.