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For our November event, IxDA Oslo welcomes you to our exclusive screening of The Bit Player, a new documentary about Claude Shannon, the creator of Information Theory.
This is the only screening planned in Norway, so be sure to get your tickets early!
In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Shannon introduced the notion of a "bit" and laid the foundation for the information age. Where Von Neumann, Turing and other visionaries laid the groundwork for computers that could process information, Shannon gave us the modern concept of information.
Shannon's ideas ripple through nearly every aspect of modern life, influencing such diverse fields as communication, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cosmology, linguistics, and genetics.
But when interviewed in the 1980s, Shannon was more interested in showing off the gadgets he’d constructed — juggling robots, a Rubik’s Cube solving machine, a wearable computer to win at roulette, a unicycle without pedals, a flame-throwing trumpet — than rehashing the past.
Mixing contemporary interviews, archival film, animation and dialogue drawn from interviews conducted with Shannon himself, The Bit Player tells the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world, but never lost his childlike curiosity.