Norbert Wiener
Norbert Wiener

American mathematician

Norbert Wiener (November 26, 1894 – March 18, 1964) was an American mathematician and philosopher. He was a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A child prodigy, Wiener later became an early researcher in stochastic and mathematical noise processes, contributing work relevant to electronic engineering, electronic communication, and control systems. Wiener is considered the originator of cybernetics, the science of communication as it relates to living things and machines, with implications for engineering, systems control, computer science, biology, neuroscience, philosophy, and the organization of society. Norbert Wiener is credited as being one of the first to theorize that all intelligent behavior was the result of feedback mechanisms, that could possibly be simulated by machines and was an important early step towards the development of modern artificial intelligence.

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authored-of Cybernetics on 11/28/2019, 1:03:33 AM

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authored-of The Human Use of Human Beings on 11/28/2019, 3:06:10 AM

note Wiener was the missing element! Cybernetics brings everything together. Increases in the frequency and granularity of measurement tightens the feedback loop. As precise feedback is delivered instantaneously, human reason plays second fiddle the statistically verified, quantitative 'truth.' There are relevant passages and chapters in both the Human Use of Human Beings and in Cybernetics. I should return to the chapter in Cybernetics which touched on media, ratings and other attempts by social scientists to apply the quantitative techniques to the social world. He includes some thoughts about statistical techniques (Newton vs Gall). Also his discussion of human beings being used as machines is very relevant: "what is used as an element in a machine, is in fact an element in the machine". on 11/28/2019, 4:52:08 AM


Maxwell and the Origins of Cybernetics references Norbert Wiener on 11/28/2019, 1:01:47 AM

The control revolution references Norbert Wiener on 11/28/2019, 1:04:58 AM

The Letters of T.S. Eliot references Norbert Wiener on 11/28/2019, 1:58:53 AM

Cybernetics references Norbert Wiener on 2/7/2020, 2:32:26 PM