Writers Beware! A Full Book Written By Artificial Intelligence Has Just Been Released
The book published by Springer Nature is not the first book to be written by AI or a computer.
The book, titled "Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research", is the first AI book circulated by Springer Nature. We have already seen poetry composed by AI, but never something like this. The Policeman's Beard Is Half-Constructed (1984) is said to be the first book to be written by a computer but "1 the Road Book" is marketed as the first novel written by AI.
The book has been written by an algorithm called Beta Writer. It is a non-fiction text book that provides an overview of the current research seen in the field of Lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are the rechargeable batteries that are used in our smartphones also in electric cars.
Niels Peter Thomas, Managing Director Books at Springer Nature, said: “Looking back to a long tradition and expertise in academic book publishing, Springer Nature is aiming at shaping the future of book publishing and reading. New technologies around Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence offer promising opportunities for us to explore the generation of scientific content with the help of algorithms. As a global publisher, it is our responsibility to take potential implications and limitations of machine-generated content into consideration, and to provide a reasonable framework for this new type of content for the future.”
The algorithm has extracted quotes and has referenced it through hyperlinks. It has automatically created introductions, a table of contents and references. According to the publisher, the first machine-generated book has been designed for all interested audiences, including researchers, Masters and PhD students, reviewers, academic writers, librarians and decision makers in science education. The publisher wants to expand this pilot project by developing prototypes for content from other subject areas as well.
The algorithm that helped write the book has been developed in collaboration with the Applied Computational Linguistics lab of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
Henning Schoenenberger, Director Product Data & Metadata Management at Springer Nature, added: “We are thrilled to finally publish this new type of research content and make it available for the global research community. While research articles and books written by researchers and authors will continue to play a crucial role in scientific publishing, we foresee many different content types in academic publishing in the future: from yet entirely human-created content creation to a variety of blended man-machine text generation to entirely machine-generated text. This prototype is a first important milestone we reached, and it will hopefully also initiate a public debate on the opportunities, implications, challenges and potential risks of machine-generated content in scholarly publishing.”
We’re heading towards the future at an immeasurable speed and AI is going to be the spear that tears through that barrier.