- the study of human control functions and of mechanical and electronic systems designed to replace them, involving the application of statistical mechanics to communication engineering.
Origin of cybernetics
Examples from the Web for cybernetic
Rocket has a “cybernetic skeletal structure, enhanced phalange and metacarpal bones, and a genetically augmented cerebral cortex.”11 Things to Know About Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy
February 19, 2014
It might easily increase the reliance of Earthfolk upon their cybernetic monsters.The Ambassador
Samuel Kimball Merwin
Isn't that the created thing which the cybernetic system tries to follow?Human Error
Raymond F. Jones
There was a lot of cybernetic and robotic equipment, and astrogational equipment, that had to be made from scratch.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
It's equipped with what you might call a cybernetic brain—although that's pretty inadequate as a description.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
If cybernetic remotes functioned operationally at this distance we wouldn't have to send men at all.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
- (functioning as singular) the branch of science concerned with control systems in electronic and mechanical devices and the extent to which useful comparisons can be made between man-made and biological systemsSee also feedback (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for cybernetic
1951, back-formation from cybernetics. Greek kybernetikos meant "good at steering."
coined 1948 by U.S. mathematician Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) from Greek kybernetes "steersman" (metaphorically "guide, governor") + -ics; perhaps based on 1830s French cybernétique "the art of governing."
The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence. [Norbert Weiner, "God and Golem, Inc.," 1964]
- The theoretical study of communication and control processes in biological, mechanical, and electronic systems, especially the comparison of these processes in biological and artificial systems.
- The scientific study of communication and control processes in biological, mechanical, and electronic systems. Research in cybernetics often involves the comparison of these processes in biological and artificial systems.
The general study of control and communication systems in living organisms and machines, especially the mathematical analysis of the flow of information. The term cybernetics was coined by Norbert Wiener, an American mathematician of the twentieth century.