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 – what-if.xkcd.com/

A simplified version of Maxwell’s dimensional analysis of the speed of light – www.math.ucdavis.edu/~temple/MAT22C/LecturesMat22CW15/10-MaxwellAndStokes-22C-W15.pdf

A history of units & dimensional analysis – people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~joschu/docs/history-of-units.pdf

Sources of Mathematical Thinking, Dehaene et. al. 1999 – www.cecm.sfu.ca/~jborwein/mathbrain.pdf

Summary of the paper from MIT news – news.mit.edu/1999/math-0512

Nick Bostrom’s “Ethical Issues in Advanced Artificial Intelligence” – www.nickbostrom.com/ethics/ai.html

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