Claude Shannon’s ‘Theseus’

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In the early 1950s, Claude Shannon, the Father of Information Theory, worked at Bell Labs and worked in various technologies that ultimately lead to the creation of the digital age. See Nokia Bell Labs that pays tribute to Claude Shannon. In the video below, Dr Shannon demonstrated machine learning models by showing an artificial mouse controlled by relay circuits learning its way around a maze. He named it “Theseus”. Theseus used trial and error in order to register the right mass in its artificial memory. The video is courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ.