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Ever been plagiarized by an Australian Fashion Model?

Here’s something you don’t see everyday: Physicist Scott Aaronson of Canada’s University of Waterloo, has found himself plagiarized — a passage from his published lecture notes lifted without attribution — by a couple of models acting in an Australian ad for a Ricoh printer.

Here’s a transcript of the ad (which you can watch on YouTube):

Model 1: But if quantum mechanics isn’t physics in the usual sense — if it’s not about matter, or energy, or waves — then what is it about?

Model 2: Well, from my perspective, it’s about information, probabilities, and observables, and how they relate to each other.

Model 1: That’s interesting!

This is followed by the tagline "A more intelligent model" and an image of a Ricoh printer.

And here’s the relevant passage from the lecture notes, from Aaronson’s course "Quantum Computing Since Democritus:"

But if quantum mechanics isn’t physics in the usual sense — if it’s not
about matter, or energy, or waves, or particles — then what is it about?  From my perspective, it’s about information and probabilities and observables, and how they relate to each other.

Here’s a link to the actual lecture notes.

It’s a weird world. You can read more about it on Scott Aaronson’s blog, here.

One comment on “Ever been plagiarized by an Australian Fashion Model?”

  1. That’s pretty funny. Looks likes its caused some debate over at the YouTube video too.

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