Book Id: 46527 A Mind-Reading (?) Machine. This is the original typescript (4 leaves) of a paper unpublished until Shannon's Collected Works, where it appears with a diagram. Claude Shannon.

A Mind-Reading (?) Machine. This is the original typescript (4 leaves) of a paper unpublished until Shannon's Collected Works, where it appears with a diagram.

Publisher Information: March 18, 1953.

Shannon, Claude E. (1916-2001). A mind-reading (?) machine. Typescript, signed “C. E. Shannon” in type on the last leaf. 4ff. [Murray Hill, NJ: Bell Laboratories], 18 March 1953. 278 x 215 mm. Stapled. Uneven toning particularly on the first sheet, a few short tears and creases. Very good. From Shannon’s library, with letter attesting to the provenance.

Original Typescript of Shannon’s unpublished paper, which Sloane and Wyner, the editors of Shannon’s collected papers, describe as a “Bell Laboratories memorandum” (Claude Elwood Shannon: Collected Papers, p. 688). The paper describes a machine that plays the game of odds and evens, trying to predict the player’s moves; it discusses the strategy of operation and the theory of beating it. As Shannon put it in the paper’s first paragraph,

“The machine is a somewhat simplified model of a machine designed by D. W. Hagelbarger. It plays what is essentially the old game of matching pennies or “odds and evens.” This game has been discussed from the game-theoretic angle by von Neumann and Morgenstern and from the psychological point of view by Edgar Allen Poe in “The Purloined Letter.” Oddly enough, the machine is aimed more nearly at Poe’s method of play than von Neumann” (f. 1)

Book Id: 46527

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