The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels


Created by Adam Westbrook and Delve.TV, “The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels” is a short video essay that explores the little-known contribution to the modern world of computers by Claude Shannon. According to the film’s description, “Computers are everywhere and control almost every aspect of our lives.” So where did the idea for modern computers come from? Find out in six minutes. More from the description of “The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels”:

It was the change that no-one saw coming: the idea that we could take a book, a painting or a song and send it through cables and wires and even thin air to the other end of the world – and it would be identical on the other side. But this idea underpins everything about the Information Age we live in.

How did we make such a mind bending transition into the digital world? And how does it work? It turns out it’s all based on a concept that is surprisingly beautiful in its simplicity. This short video essay explores what that idea is and tells you about the man who figured it all out.

Stock video from Beachfront B-roll, and Mitch Martinez. Archive from Prelinger Archives, San Francisco, Charles and Ray Eames. Images of Claude Shannon from MIT Museum Boston / Nixdorf MuseumsForums, Paderborn. Piano by Steph O’Dea. Animation by Adam Westbrook. Music by James Brett, Min-Y-LLan, Hugo ‘Droopy’ Contini. Story Design and direction by Adam Westbrook. Croupier John Ngo. Published by Return to Thumbnail View.

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