The “Mouse” that changed everything – Building a working replica of Claude Shannon’s famous Theseus maze

Built from Mecano and spare relays from Bell Labs, Claude Shannon’s Theseus maze looks like a toy. But it was so important, that Bell Laboratories took it to the National Academy of Science and made a film about it that was sent around the world.

Today, after a 14-year project to build a working replica, the curators think it may be the first example of machine-learning. Come hear Dr. Jochen Viehoff, director of the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum–Europe’s largest computer museum—and leader of the HNF Shannon Project tell the story of this remarkable achievement AND see the replica maze in action.

Capacity is limited, be sure to reserve your free tickets below

Oct 3, 2022
12:00 PM
- 01:00 PM
MIT Museum: The Lee Family Exchange
MIT Museum, Gambrill Center, 314 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142
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Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

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