From Telephones to Chess: How Claude Shannon Communicated Through Machines


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Through his construction of playful, intelligent machines, Claude Shannon created the unprecedented concepts of information theory and communication technology, setting the foundation for modern digital computing. 

"I don’t think I was ever motivated by the notion of winning prizes... I was more motivated by curiosity. Never by the desire for financial gain. I just wondered how things were put together. Or what laws or rules govern a situation, or if there are theorems about what one can’t or can do. Mainly because I wanted to know myself."

- Claude Shannon

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