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Machine Makes Writers Obsolete

by Staff


Tags: Books, Writing, Machines, Automatic,

In Philip M. Parker’s world, there’s no need for a writer to create a book. Parker has created a machine that can write books without the need for pesky and temperamental pencil pushers. According to an article by Marc Abrahams in the Guardian, the machine takes a topic, taps into a vast database of information, and spits out a book. “Parker estimates that it costs him about 12p to write a book, with, perhaps, not much difference in quality from what a competent wordsmith or an MBA might produce,” Abrahams writes. Looks like I should start searching for a new job.

Bennett Gordon

bill webb_2
2/20/2008 5:48:50 AM

I would have been interested in seeing a sample of the writing. Sloppy work on the part of The Guardian. http://lastthing.wordpress.com/


ed livingston_9
2/19/2008 9:59:52 AM

This is one of the most amazing things I've read recently. Thank you for picking up on it. Is this a testimonial to how good machines are or how bad humans are as writers? But in any event this is really, really weird.