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The Bit Player Mark Levinson

Claude Shannon laid the foundation for the information age in a revolutionary paper in 1948. In 1986, a journalism student visits the forgotten Shannon to learn how this reclusive genius saw the future. But Shannon is more interested in showing off the gadgets he’s been working on (juggling robots, a mechanical mouse that can “learn” a maze, a wearable computer to win at roulette, a flame-throwing trumpet) than rehashing the past. Using contemporary interviews, archival footage, and animation, The Bit Player reveals a man who revolutionized the world, but never lost his child-like curiosity.

CREDITS

Written and Directed by Mark Levinson
Produced by Levinson and Sergio Verdú
Edited by Tim Sternberg
Cinematography by Claudia Raschke
Music by Robert Miller
Principal cast: John Hutton, Kaliswa Brewster, Judith Ivey

SCIENTIFIC SUBJECTS

 Mathematics
 Engineering

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