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December 27, 2007

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.

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