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First Shannon Conference on the Future of the Information Age

Date: 28 April 2016 - 29 April 2016
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28-29 April, 2016 - Murray Hill, New Jersey, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Everyone and everything will be digitally connected and controllable, allowing an unprecedented level of automation and consequently the ability to 'create time'. The extent of disruption to human existence will be such that this will likely be viewed as the 6th technological revolution of the modern era.

This revolution will result in a massive change in the global techno-economic fabric

There will be a wholesale shift towards a new global-local paradigm where any digital 'good' is accessible, anywhere. Furthermore, with the emergence of ever more sophisticated 3D printing techniques, physical goods would be locally recreated on demand anywhere, at any time. In tandem, these phenomena will drive the 'virtualization of existence'.

The net effect will be to remove all significance of location and create a new real-time, global-digital+local-physical economy, the likes of which has never been seen in human history. The magnitude of change will be comparable in the departure from the past - and impact on the future - to the agricultural revolution 12 millenia ago, the industrial revolution 2 centuries ago.

This revolution is rooted in the dawn of the Information Age

It will be characterized by the shift from industrial activity to an information-based economy, based on emergence of digital computing and digital transmission techniquesm which were in turn based largely on the information theoretic concepts defined by Claude Elwood Shannon.

Bell Labs is celebrating the centennial of Claude Shannon’s birthday — April 30th, 1916 — by hosting a unique two day conference focusing on the future digital information economy and the impact of information theory on society through the years. This special event celebrates Shannon’s life and commemorate his profound impact with the creation of new Bell Labs Shannon Visionary Awards that will be presented at the event, held at the Bell Labs headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

Day One: April 28, 2016

Leaders and visionaries in the information field are joining us in a set of talks and fireside conversations, with a provocative but informed discussion of our digital past, present and future. Our guests will entertain us with personal recollections of Shannon, as well as an exhibit of previously unreleased Shannon memorabilia. Bell Labs researchers will showcase their latest innovations based on new applications of information theory to multiple domains, from social graphs to wireless beamforming and novel future optical transmission systems. The day will culminate with a performance of the Human Digital Orchestra followed by a gala dinner.

Day Two: April 29, 2016

We are leading a series of technical presentations outlining the latest research built upon Shannon’s work in both traditional communications as well as areas like bioinformatics, economic systems and social networks. This day includes a student competition in current information theory tools and applications.


General questions, please contact info@bell-labs.com

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