Christchurch professor writes entire nonsense paper using Apple autocomplete which got accepted for an academic conference

By Shari Miller

An academic who jokingly wrote a research paper written entirely by Apple's iOS autocomplete - and was subsequently filled with nonsense - has been accepted to present his findings at a nuclear physics conference.

Christopher Bartneck, an associate professor at the University of Canterbury's Human Interface Technology laboratory in New Zealand, was stunned to discover he had been successful in securing a place at the conference, which takes place in America next month, reports Daily Mail.

"I started a sentence with 'Atomic' or 'Nuclear' and then randomly hit the autocomplete suggestions," wrote Bartneck in a blog post on Thursday. "The text really does not make any sense."

Bartneck's mischievous side was fired up after receiving an invitation from the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics, which will be held in Atlanta in November.

"Since I have practically no knowledge of Nuclear Physics I resorted to iOS auto-complete function to help me," explained Bartneck.

The resulting paper is complete gobbledygook.

"Nuclear weapons will not have to come out the same day after a long time of the year," it states.

The research paper, authored by 'Iris Pear' makes little sense about nuclear physics.
The research paper, authored by 'Iris Pear' makes little sense about nuclear physics.

"The atoms of a better universe will have the right for the same as you," it adds, before continuing: "Physics are great but the way it does it makes you want a good book."

In case that hasn't baffled readers enough, the paper concludes: "Power is not a great place for a good time."

The paper's title is also the brainchild of Apple iOS, with the incomprehensible: "Atomic Energy will have been made available to a single source."

Bartneck added the first picture he came across on Wikipedia to illustrate nuclear physics and created a not-so-subtle fake name, Iris Pear - a play on Siri Apple.

Not thinking anyone could possibly take him seriously, he even made up "Umbria Polytech University" located in :Infinite Loop" in Cupertino, California.

But within just three hours he received an acceptance email in his inbox.

"I know that iOS is a pretty good software, but reaching tenure has never been this close," he wrote.

However, Bartneck drew a line under his prank when he was asked to register for the conference at a cost of $1,099.

Speaking to The Guardian Australia, he said: "My university would certainly object to me wasting money this way. My impression is that this is not a particularly good conference."

MailOnline has contacted the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics for comment.

- Daily Mail

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