The Bit Player - Enzian Theater

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The Bit Player

This screening is in partnership with Orlando Science Center as a leader event for the Otronicon tech expo, which is held January 17-20, 2020 at OSC.

Come early for science demos from Orlando Science Center! After the film, there will be a conversation discussing Claude Shannon’s legacy and the impact of his work with film director Mark A. Levinson, and research scientist Elaine Raybourn, Sandia National Laboratories.

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, Not Rated, Directed by Mark Levinson

  • In partnership with Science on Screen, An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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