2-11 cybernetics in history and feedback

2-11 cybernetics in history and feedback - The Cybernetic...

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The Cybernetic Tradition Defines communication as information processing The linear model (source, receiver, channel, noise, feedback, etc.) derives from this tradition Highlights machine-like aspects of communication Assumes machine, animal, and human communication are not essentially different Frames communication problems as control and system malfunctions (overloads, breakdowns, noise, inefficiencies, runaway processes, etc.) Our focus : The problem of control in relationships.
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Overview of Theories Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics (1948) Watzlawick, Beavin & Jackson, Pragmatics of Human Communication (1967) (aka “interactional view”)
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Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) Cybernetics : “… the science of communication and control in machines and living organisms.” derived from Greek kybernetes ("steersman").
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Wiener’s Thesis “It is the thesis of this book that society can only be understood through a study of the messages and communication facilities which belong to it; and that in the future development of these messages and communication facilities, messages between man and machines, between machines and man, and between machine and machine, are destined to play an ever increasing part.” Wiener wrote this in the early 1950s. Does the future world he predicted resemble the world we live in?
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1954 exhibit model of what a “home computer” might look like in 2004 The concept was right, but the size & cost estimates were a little bit off!!!
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Wiener’s Theory: Communication and Control Basic function of communication
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