- 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 cybernetics
Cybernetics gained its monopoly by cutting costs of production.Joy Ride
During the indoctrination period you will do a very simple routine job in coordination with the cybernetics machines.The Victor
Cybernetics is a combined study of machines and the human nervous system.The Caves of Fear
Her console's so simple anyone with a basic knowledge of computers and cybernetics could figure her out.Where I Wasn't Going
He got interested in neurology from the physics angle toward the end of his life, and contributed a lot to cybernetics.Sentiment, Inc.
Poul William Anderson
- (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 cybernetics
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.