Science on Screen®
The Bit Player
This screening is in partnership with Orlando Science Center as a community event for the Otronicon tech expo, which is held January 17-20, 2020 at OSC.
Come early for the Otronicon Tech Brunch at 11AM, where the Orlando Science Center will be having some science demonstrations and you can enjoy coffee and light pastries while supplies last! Then, stick around after the film for a conversation discussing Claude Shannon’s legacy and the impact of his work with film director Mark A. Levinson, research scientist Elaine Raybourn of Sandia National Laboratories, and Dr. Azadeh Vosoughi from the University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science.
11AM-12PM: Tech Brunch and Science Demos
12-1:30PM: Film Presentation of The Bit Player
1:30-2PM: Discussion on Claude Shannon’s legacy and the impact of his work
The Bit Player:
In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Claude Shannon introduced the world to the “bit” and laid the foundation for the information age. The impact would be incredibly far reaching, influencing such diverse fields as communication, linguistics, genetics, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and cosmology. Shannon also constructed a mathematical theory of juggling, rode unicycles, wrote the first paper on computer chess and built a flaming trumpet! The Bit Player, directed by Mark Levinson (Particle Fever), combines interviews with leading scientists, archival film, inventive animation and compelling commentary from Shannon himself to tell the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world, but never lost his childlike curiosity.
USA, 2018, 90 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Mark Levinson