Father of the Information Age Turns 1100100

(New Yorker::Tech) – Siobhan Roberts:

Many millennia in the future, the hundred-and-sixty-sixth edition of the Encyclopedia Galactica might contain the following biographical note:

Claude Shannon: Born on the planet Earth (Sol III) in the year 1916 A.D. Generally regarded as the father of the information age, he formulated the notion of channel capacity in 1948 A.D. Within several decades, mathematicians and engineers had devised practical ways to communicate reliably at data rates within one per cent of the Shannon limit.

As is sometimes the case with encyclopedias, the crisply worded entry wouldn’t quite do justice to its subject’s legacy. …

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Claude Shannon

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