New Scientist reports (pay barrier, sorry) that the Seattle based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) has launched a tool called Semantic Scholar, which aims to;
…read, digest and categorise findings from the estimated 2 million papers published each year.
The article goes on to say;
Up to half of these are never read by more than three people.
That’s right. One million scientific papers a year, read by only three people each. That’s some sort of sad exemplar for futility.