The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society

The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society

The Human Use Of Human Beings Cybernetics And Society 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

  • Title: The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society
  • Author: Norbert Wiener
  • ISBN: 9780306803208
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 compOnly 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 complex and interesting He hoped that machines would release people from relentless and repetitive drudgery in order to achieve 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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    Thoughts on accelerated change, the singularity, neuroscience, evolution, and more from a man who refers to the last decade of the 19th century as "the nineties".This book is the forerunner to a line of fantastic (yet, at times, exaggerated) works straddling mathematics, machines, and biology, known as the "cybernetics" movement. At times, this book suffers from the same affliction that Akira Kirosawa's films do - they seem cliched and unoriginal to the modern reader/viewer who has grown up in a [...]

    (my review for )More than fifty years after its initial publication, this book remains as relevant and prophetic as it is brilliant and exhilarating.To start, Wiener explains cybernetics in a way that the intelligent layperson can understand; he discusses how human beings, animals, and machines relate to one another through communication and feedback, thus becoming systems that limit or temporarily reverse the universal tendency toward disorganization (entropy). After establishing this framework [...]

    There are many things I love about this book, but most of all is the fact that Norbert Wiener, then a professor at MIT, wrote this book in 1950. Despite its existence well before its time, 'The Human Use of Human Beings' stands as a great precursor to both information technology and media theory.Analogies fly back and forth throughout the first half of the book, between human individuals, societal systems and machines. He pulls this off especially well, putting an engineer inside fever dreams of [...]

    A brilliant, wild little book from a polymath of prodigious proportions, it summarizes his seminal and baffling Cybernetics (1948) and extends an early critique of the information society. Written amid postwar froth, Wiener vaults a theory of communication and control meant to help stabilize any agent (quantum, chemical, biological, human, mechanical, social) into a sweeping philosophically informed lattice of "communal information." A must read for anyone interested in cold war history, philoso [...]

    "Nauka je nacin zivota koji moze da cveta samo ako je ljudima data sloboda da imaju veru. Vera koju sledimo po naredjenju nametnutom spolja nije vera, a zajednica koja se oslanja na takvu pseudoveru osudjena je da sebe unisti zbog paralize koju namece nedostatak zdravog procvata nauke."

    A 1950s vision of what the future could be like, based on the recent developments in science. The author outlines his vision of what will be become cybernetics -- the science of information, also an umbrella-term for many other fields of science, ranging from hard science to human sciences. Having the author's opinion, a brilliant mathematician, about what would the dangers of a poorly managed human/machine relationship be, at a time where personal computer hasn't been invented is very interesti [...]

    We are in 1949, Wiener is lecturing us on communication of humans and its machines; the scope is broad: from physics to society. Regarding information, humans are patterns trying to perpetuate themselves fighting nature’s probabilistic tendency to disorder (second law of thermodynamics). How we are doing it? Well, the whole discussion unveils the beginning of the information revolution supported by computers. Hey, just 70 years ago, geniuses like Wiener and Von Neumann weren't sure about machi [...]

    This is what happens when one tries hard to glaze a phony layer of "polymath" look on oneself, without actually getting one's hand dirty in initiating one into various disciplines.Der Teufelskreis wird enger!Doch man glaubt nur was man glauben will.

    In looking back more than 15 years to when I read this book, I find, as is usually the case, that what persists are general impressions more than specific recollections. Instead of attempting to construct some sort of short essay, I'll present a few comments.The word "cybernetics" was coined by Norbert Wiener, in 1947 (to use the year specified by the usually reliable Science Fiction Encyclopedia), as an English adaptation of a Greek word, kubernētēs, meaning pilot, steersman, navigator, contr [...]

    This is the kind of book that used to be written when scientists and science writers were philosophically literate.

    Libro difficile, non lineare, eterogeneo. Eppure ricco di spunti sull'apprendimento, il lavoro e in generale lo sviluppo umano che vanno ben oltre quanto nel linguaggio comune si intende per "cibernetica". Wiener fa decisamente fatica a tenere i suoi molti spunti di riflessione in poche pagine.«L’uomo trascorre circa il quaranta per cento della sua vita nella condizione di apprendista, per ragioni che hanno a che fare con la sua struttura biologica. È del tutto naturale che una società um [...]

    The idea behind the field of cybernetics is that systems can control and regulate themselves, as well communicating with other systems. The interesting part is that these 'systems' could be anything from iPhones to human brains to political regimes - and they can be studied in and compared using the same methodologies. The author, a heavyweight MIT scientist, was at the vanguard of this new field. In this book he manages to convey quite complex ideas in a non-technical way. But beyond the scienc [...]

    Norbert Wiener was a child prodigy and Professor of Mathematics at MIT from 1919 until his death in 1964. He invented the science of cybernetics (look it up in the dictionary) and the guided missile but refused to help the military during the cold war. This volume includes an open letter published in the January, 1947 Atlantic Monthly magazine entitled "A Scientist Rebels" by Norbert Wiener. An introduction by Wiener biographer Steve J. Heims provides a context for Wiener's works.If you are at a [...]

    well written and still relevant today in many of the predictions of the effects of increasingly complicated and capable machines upon humans and our use of them. Published in 1950. A true forerunner."What i have said about newspapers and the movies applies equally to the radio, to television and even to book selling. Thus we are in an age where the enormous per capita bulk of communication is met by the ever thinning stream of total bulk o communication. more and more we must accept a standardis [...]

    Norbert Weiner, who should most certainly be a household name, is the father of cybernetics. This book was written more than 50 years ago, but the predictions and conclusions are startling and fairly consistent with our current state of affairs. Much of the context is set upon our technological progression, and the inevitable inclination from some to utilize this technology for evil. The book is also very interesting at noting some of the early overlap between society and technology, and the res [...]

    Wiener was a genius for his understanding of the nature of communication, as well reflected in his mastery of writing. The chapter on law and communication definitely helped me reconnect to a neglected island of knowledges within my pond of thoughts. Overall, he's in a neutral and intelligent voice, but I LOVE the occasional bursts of yelling(e.g. in chapter 8: role of the intellectual and the scientist).

    I read it just to see if there was anything to be gained from returning to the horse’s mouth when it comes to cybernetics and information theory…but there’s not a great deal of interest today, given how much his ideas have permeated our society. It’s a mixum-gatherum of various observations and what he thinks are noteworthy implications of different ideas, a type of free-association of theory in the abstract to try bring it to bear on reality.

    This book is a masterpiece of fusion. Fusion between humanitarian and scientific observations linked in a supreme delicacy. The book addresses the implications of the early technological revolutions on society in a very critical, but yet, sober style. A must-read for anyone seeking interest in bio-inspired man-made systems, its content is very cleverly written providing a solid foundation on the discipline of cybernetics.

    This visionary talks about the concept of cyber-libraries andmeta programming languages in the 1950's. Low and behold wehave E-Books and E-libraries available online and the E-booksare sorted and searched using a meta programming languageI would recommend this book to allIt's fully readable and understandable by anyone with at leasta GED

    The first important contribution to cybernetics, maybe laid the foundation of it. A visionist and scientist who tried to merge the Humanities with the information science. He was prodromus of semiotics and of a language theory as the most important keys for the hermeneutics of social and natural phenomena.

    Essential reading for anyone deep into social networking by one of the pioneers of human-machine interaction. Humans are built to be curious, pattern-making fixers of social challenges while machine are built to be obedient, pattern-following do-ers that assist with the solutions of social interactions. We mix them up to our peril. Read Norbert and be inspired!

    Extremely dated, but earnest and clearly written. Most interesting were the worried thoughts on automation-driven unemployment, but maybe that is just because I just read Boom Bust Exodus.Highly recommended for those who enjoy reading this sort of mid-century pop science and don't mind the everpresent worry of nuclear annihilation that seems to come with it.

    Wiener's foundational text on the discipline of cybernetics. Fascinating, and a relatively quick read given the subject matter.It's been awhile, but I remember the writing being quite lucid.Worth the read for anyone interested.

    An interesting book that dealt mostly with humanitarianism issues and the use of technology. Covered a lot of things between communications, self-teaching/detecting systems, to the role of scientists and the downfall of (in his day) current scholastic direction.

    An important read anyone wanting to understand the relationship between "noise" and feedback in the communication process. Totally agree with Chis´s review, way back in the 50´s Wiener explained, in easy to understand language, fundamental communication processes.

    "Perhaps this devil [of nature, entropy,] is not far in meaning from Mephistopheles. When Faust asked Mephistopheles what he was, Mephistopheles replied, 'A part of that force which always seeks evil and always does good." [page 35]

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