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.