Apparently, fake, computer-generated academic papers are making their way into universities around the world year after year.
"This ought to be a shock to people. There's this whole academic underground where everyone seems to benefit, but they are wasting time and money and adding nothing to science," said Maxwell Krohn, a co-creator of one a program that creates fake papers, in order to bust others. "The institutions are being ripped off, because they pay publishers huge subscriptions for this stuff."
One of these programs, EssayTyper, will generate an essay on any topic in seconds. Founder Bay Gross explains his hack with a simple introduction.
"EssayTyper uses a patented combination of magic and wikipedia to help you write your essay," he says. "That said, please don't ever try to use this legitimately. The magic part is not real... and that's plagiarism."
Does this whole creating fake papers thing, that would let you save hours of your college life to go out and party, sound too good to be true? That's what we thought, so we tried it ourselves.
First we went to EssayTyper and typed in a subject.
Then we clicked on the pencil icon and got sent to a page that looks like a Microsoft word document with a title and thesis already generated for us.
After a few key strokes, EssayTyper had us looking like we were typing like a boss. Yet, the introduction didn't quite match the thesis it generated—at least not in the first few sentences. There are a few of these services available, so if you're desperate, take a look.
We recommend doing the work over using computer-generated programs, but, here you go. Use it on a rainy day.