Claude Shannon quotes

“We know the past but cannot control it. We control the future but cannot know it.”
 Claude Shannon 
“I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans. And I am rooting for the machines.”
 Claude ShannonSource : Omni Magazine, 1987.

“My greatest concern was what to call it. I thought of calling it â€˜informationâ€™, but the word was overly used, so I decided to call it â€˜uncertaintyâ€™. When I discussed it with John von Neumann, he had a better idea. Von Neumann told me, â€œYou should call it entropy, for two reasons. In the first place your uncertainty function has been used in statistical mechanics under that name, so it already has a name. In the second place, and more important, nobody knows what entropy really is, so in a debate you will always have the advantage.â€”
 Claude ShannonSource : "Scientific American", Vol. 225, (p. 180), 1971.

“Use the word 'cybernetics', Norbert, because nobody knows what it means. This will always put you at an advantage in arguments.”
 Claude Shannon 

“Information is the #resolution of uncertainty.”
 Claude Shannon 
“The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point.”
 Claude ShannonSource : Claude Elwood Shannon, Warren Weaver (1962). “The mathematical theory of communication”

“I am very seldom interested in applications. I am more interested in the elegance of a problem. Is it a good problem, an interesting problem?”
 Claude Shannon 
“Cousins are part of your life so stick with cuz, not friends.”
 Claude Shannon 
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