THUNK – 102. Dimensional Analysis & Paperclip Optimizers (Extended Cut)

Dimensional analysis is awesome, but human brains are depressingly easy to distract with number-crunching…still, computers might be even worse!

-Links for the Curious-

Randall Monroe’s “what if?” blog –

A simplified version of Maxwell’s dimensional analysis of the speed of light –

A history of units & dimensional analysis –

Sources of Mathematical Thinking, Dehaene et. al. 1999 –

Summary of the paper from MIT news –

Nick Bostrom’s “Ethical Issues in Advanced Artificial Intelligence” –

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