From Rosenblueth to Richmond: A Historical Review of Cybernetics

10 Aug 2011 - 14:00

Ask someone on the street what ‘cybernetics’ is, and they’re likely to say it’s got something to do with robots, computers, and / or the Internet. Ask someone in academia, and they’re likely to say it’s an antiquated atomic era meme or a transdisciplinary experiment that spawned (e.g.) robotics, AI, control theory, and a variety of organizational management theories before fading away. Ask anyone why a cybernetics society would hold a conference on ‘listening’, and the likely response would be ‘huh?!?’. This tutorial will provide a historical review of selected themes and developments explaining how ‘cybernetics’ isn’t what most people think it is, and why in its current second-order form cybernetics indeed has a proper interest in interpersonal communication (e.g., ‘listening’).

Tutorial facilitator: Randall Whitaker
Tutorial duration: 3 hours

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This tutorial will be conducted in parallel to Phillip Guddemi’s tutorial Gregory Bateson’s Epistemology. Please choose one to take part in and do not sign up for both tutorials.