Cybernetics (disambiguation)

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Cybernetics may refer to:

  • Cybernetics is the theory of communication and control based on regulatory feedback. This is the original definition of the term.

NOTE: The original modern day definition of term "cybernetics" was created by Norbert Wiener in the 1940s as "the scientific study of control and communication in the animal and the machine."(Cybernetics by Norbert Wiener,1948) The theory of communication and or control, as well as the term "feedback" are only elements of a transdisciplinary body of knowledge labeled cybernetics.

  • In popular culture, the study of cyborgs and robotic implants and prosthetics. Cyberware is technology that attempts to create a working interface between machines/computers and the human nervous system, including (but not limited to) the brain.
  • Sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for robotics
  • Second-order cybernetics, the study of Cybernetics but the observer is seen as a participating part of the system in focus