Seemingly AI-Written Book on Maui Wildfire Becomes Amazon Bestseller, Gets Taken Down

Fake News Earlier this August, a catastrophic wildfire broke out on the Hawaiian island of Maui, razing entire towns and leaving at least 116 hundred people dead. And then, while over a thousand people still remained missing, a book that claimed to document the Maui wildfires was published on Amazon just days after the disaster, briefly becoming a bestseller in its category, according to The Register. Titled “Fire and Fury: The Story of the 2023 Maui and its Implications for Climate Change,” the 87-page volume has now been removed from Amazon’s marketplace, Gizmodo reports — and everything points to it being a cold-blooded, AI-written cash grab, which is now being used to fuel conspiracy theories. More on that in a minute. “Clearly this author, or rather parasite, is writing for profit,” stated one Amazon review of the unanimously one-star rated book. Book Hook The impossible timeliness of its publication is already one strike against “Fire and Fury”‘s credibility. Even though its publication date is visibly listed as August 10, its description claims to chronicle “the events of August 8 -11.” Dr. Miles Stones, its stated author, does not appear to exist. His biography states only that “I’d rather not say.” Examining the book’s prose does it no favors, either. Its description on Amazon starts with the words “The book” in five out of the seven sentences in the same paragraph, notes an analysis by Snopes. Snopes also found that the writing inside the book is “clunky” like an AI’s. The formatting,…Seemingly AI-Written Book on Maui Wildfire Becomes Amazon Bestseller, Gets Taken Down

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