Nokia Bell Labs
Dick Frenkiel - pioneer of the cellular network
“It’s hard to remember a world where you couldn’t just decide to speak to anyone you want, anywhere you want...”
How can you wonder about the potential of our future if you don’t first realise how incredible our world is today?
If you don’t know who Claude Shannon is. If you think texts travel via satellites, or that the phone was Alexander Graham Bell's best invention, then look no further. The ‘Future Impossible’ series explores the often-forgotten world beyond our devices and behind the internet to reveal the people who are inventing our future.
Working with the head of Bell Labs, we co-created a new suite of stories for one of this century’s most reputable innovations engines.
We spent time with Nobel Laureates, semi-retired German eccentrics and impassioned geeks who took us deep into the interiors of Bell Labs. They reveal the journeys they’re on to solve some of the hardest challenges we’ve probably never even thought of. Enlightening us as to who Claude Shannon was, guide us through our wireless world and explain how copper was saved from the scrapheap to give birth to the internet.