Springer Nature Publishes AI Written Book About Ion Batteries

Artificial intelligence is doing everything these days from combating bullying to predicting fashion trends. Well now it’s writing books.

No this isn’t the next Harry Potter, but rather a chemistry book. The title is Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research. The project was developed by a partnership between publishing company Springer Nature and Frankfurt’s Goethe University.

The AI written book is a summary of peer-reviewed papers and research about lithium-ion batteries. The University used machine learning to create an algorithm called “Beta Writer”. It selected, scanned and processed relevant publications about ion batteries from Springer Nature’s content platform. The AI written book includes introductions, a table of contents, quotes, references and hyperlinks to cited work.

AI Written Book Includes Quotes and Citations

There are more than 53,000 research papers on lithium-ion batteries. By using AI to scan through these, it can save time for scientists and free them up for other types of research.

“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,” said Niels Peter Thomas, Managing Director Books at Springer Nature

Algorithm Can Be Modified For Other Areas of Research

It’s not the most entertaining book, but it’s pretty well written. It’s chock full of information and easy to digest. Beta Writer isn’t limited to just batteries. The algorithm can be tweaked to analyze other types of scientific papers.

“Springer Nature plans to expand this pilot project by developing prototypes for content from other subject areas as well. The published prototype on research about lithium-ion batteries will serve as a solid basis to further refine and improve the underlying technology.” the company said in a press release.

If you would like to read the AI written book about ion batteries, it can be found here.

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