April 14, 2008

"The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India."

Just one of over 200,000 books that business prof Philip M. Parker has written using a computer algorithm that collects information from the internet. He makes money producing these obscure things by selling them on Amazon, which prints books to order.
It is the idea of automating difficult or boring work that led Mr. Parker to become involved. Comparing himself to a distant disciple of Henry Ford, he said he was “deconstructing the process of getting books into people’s hands; every single step we could think of, we automated.”
Here's his YouTube video explaining the method. I only watched a minute if and fell asleep — on my tufted, washable scatter rug — so it's not vetted, except as a sleep aid.

6 comments:

rhhardin said...

Kroger is always selling small rugs. I'll check the tag...hmm, no manufacturing location. Maybe we're exporting them.

mcg said...

Do they measure differently in the United States?

George said...

I bet the Pentagon has some of this software.

You type in..."Bin Laden"..."South Waziristan"....and out comes a ream of coordinates.

I don't know if we've gotten our money's worth yet.

Daryl said...

It's a fascinating subject and it calls into question many of our assumptions about writing and research.

This guy is part of a movement that is doing to office workers what the industrial revolution did to blacksmiths.

blake said...

It is fascinating (well, to some).

I'd have to consume its output on a subject I had some knowledge of before I believed it.

memomachine said...

Hmmmm.

*shrug* not that big a deal.

I wrote a computer program that would spit out romance novels.

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You know maybe I need to dust that puppy off.