The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society

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Hachette Books, Mar 22, 1988 - Computers - 200 pages
Only a few books stand as landmarks in social and scientific upheaval. Norbert Wiener's classic is one in that small company. Founder of the science of cybernetics—the study of the relationship between computers and the human nervous system—Wiener was widely misunderstood as one who advocated the automation of human life. As this book reveals, his vision was much more complex and interesting. He hoped that machines would release people from relentless and repetitive drudgery in order to achieve more creative pursuits. At the same time he realized the danger of dehumanizing and displacement. His book examines the implications of cybernetics for education, law, language, science, technology, as he anticipates the enormous impact—in effect, a third industrial revolution—that the computer has had on our lives.

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I Cybernetics in History
II Progress and Entropy
Two Patterns of Communicative Behavior
IV The Mechanism and History of Language
V Organization as the Message
VI Law and Communication
VII Communication Secrecy and Social Policy
VIII Role of the Intellectual and the Scientis
IX The First and the Second Industrial Revolution
X Some Communication Machines and Their Future
XI Language Confusion and Jam

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Norbert Wiener received his Ph.D. from Harvard at the age of eighteen, and joined the mathematics department at M.I.T. when he was twenty-five. Honored throughout his life with numerous scientific awards, he was the author of two autobiographies, Ex-Prodogy and I Am a Mathematician, as well as several important books and basic papers on the theory and practice of cybernetics.

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