“[Claude Shannon is] someone who is absolutely essential in everything we take for granted in 20th century to 21st century tech – from the internet to mobile computing to artificial intelligence, he was there from the beginning. None of that would have been possible without Claude Elwood Shannon.”
Every week at Praxis, participants and alumni gather for Praxis Wednesdays, our weekly group discussions featuring guest speakers, academic debates, and skills workshops.
This week, we were joined by author, biographer and Columbia doctoral candidate Rob Goodman for a discussion on Claude Shannon, the man who invented the information age.
Rob Goodman (along with former Huffington Post managing editor Jimmy Soni) wrote an autobiography on Claude Shannon titled A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age). In the book, Jimmy and Rob paint a portrait of the man who invented the first wearable computer, built juggling robots, and wrote the paper that ushered in the information age.
Rob joined us to share his key insights on both the book (and his process for writing it) and Claude Shannon
In the call, Rob covered:
- the story of Claude Shannon
- how Claude Shannon approached his work and structured his life (insights on Shannon’s character and career)
- the top lessons we can take from the life of Claude Shannon as thinkers and innovators and professionals
- the importance of approaching work from the perspective of play
- the advent of the information age and all of its implications
- how to structure and organize working on large projects (such as writing a book)
- how to write about complex topics and explain them in a way so that non-tech people can understand
- the importance of regular content creation when writing a book (and Rob’s writing schedule)
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