[SIGCIS-Members] Talk on Claude Shannon and demo of replica Theseus maze

Deborah Douglas ddouglas at mit.edu
Mon Sep 26 09:21:18 PDT 2022

Colleagues in the Boston area may be interested in a special presentation we are holding on Monday, noon-1 pm at the new MIT Museum.

Dr. Jochen Viehoff, director of the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, will be giving a talk and demonstrating the new working replica of Claude Shannon’s famous Theseus maze.  The construction of this replica has been a multi-year project between HNF and the MIT Museum. The effort has been challenging but rewarding, offering a variety of interesting insights about Shannon.  We hope that regular demonstrations in conjunction with a small display of Shannon artifacts will stimulate renewed interest in this fascinating device that some believe may be one of the earliest examples of machine learning.  (I’m counting on the members of SIGCIS to fully vet such a claim!)

The talk is free but does require tickets<https://tickets.mitmuseum.org/events/e5b5b67f-2d00-8572-61e5-e7e1ac5d30cb>.  For more information about the talk, see the festival guide<https://cambridgesciencefestival.org/event/the-mouse-that-changed-everything-building-a-working-replica-of-claude-shannons-famous-theseus-maze/>.

And, this announcement is also a ‘round about way of announcing the reopening of the MIT Museum on Sunday, October 2nd.  We very much hope to welcome members of this list whenever travels bring you to Cambridge and Boston! (For information about the new museum and directions see our website<https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/>.)

With best regards,

Debbie Douglas

Deborah G. Douglas, PhD • Director of Collections and Curator of Science and Technology, MIT Museum; Research Associate, Program in Science, Technology, and Society • Room E28-320B • 314 Main Street • Gambrill Center • Cambridge, MA 02142 • ddouglas at mit.edu<mailto:ddouglas at mit.edu> • 617-253-1766 telephone • 617-253-8994 facsimile • http://mitmuseum.mit.edu • she/her/hers

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