1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

"Programmer creates 800,000 books algorithmically, starts selling them on Amazon"

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by m4rdukk, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. m4rdukk

    m4rdukk Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2012
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    3
    I just wanted to recommend this article for reading.
    It is kind of off-topic, but I could not avoid remembering BHW when I saw that headline :p

    I cannot post a link to any page here as I am pretty much a n00b, but just google for
    Programmer creates 800,000 books algorithmically, starts selling them on Amazon


    How crazy is that? o_O'
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 3
  2. TheMasterOfMoney

    TheMasterOfMoney Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2010
    Messages:
    700
    Likes Received:
    1,402
    Home Page:
    Yes, I am not sure if it is the same that what you are talking about, but a guy scraped Wikipedia articles and started to send them on Amazon and other big guys. It is all automatic but now he is having a problem with lawsuits over 8 millions.
     
  3. m4rdukk

    m4rdukk Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2012
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    3
    Yeah, I thought about that too.

    I mean, his tool does automatic research and composes many pages of writing. But they are basically a frankenstein of other people's work.
    Tell me about plagiarism, in levels never seen before..
     
  4. tacopalypse

    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    2,485
    Home Page:
    found a video of it, very interesting stuff

     
    • Thanks Thanks x 3
    Last edited by a moderator: May 18, 2016
  5. sfidirectory

    sfidirectory Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2010
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    483
    Occupation:
    Web developer/BTC enthusiast
    Location:
    php artisan make:migration
    Home Page:
    If only he gave away his software, then we could perhaps create rich content sites in no time :).
     
  6. m4rdukk

    m4rdukk Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2012
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    3
    That thing got me thinking..

    Creating entire books like he did is pretty hard due o semantics and cohesion. A lot of machine learning there.
    I think that developing a software that "creates musics" would be much easier to be developed.

    Its core would be how to define rules that indicate wether a music sounds good or not, a lot of machine learning there too, but much easier than what he did.
    However, such computer generated musics would have no singer at all :p


    Supposing such software was developed, to create random music which sound somewhat good, do you know how that could be monetized?
    Selling on iTunes would not be an option I guess, or would it? Random musics there would not be known and hence not downloaded..
     
  7. iPinner

    iPinner Senior Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    1,039
    sounds like a good idea actually.
     
  8. G-S-T

    G-S-T Executive VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Messages:
    1,842
    Likes Received:
    8,812
    Occupation:
    Full time IM
    Location:
    Heavy in the game
    Dudes a genius
     
  9. freefox

    freefox Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2009
    Messages:
    151
    Likes Received:
    19
    If this is real, than it's great!