- cybernetics1. The term was introduced in 1948 by Norbert Wiener, meaning ‘the theory or study of communication and control in living organisms or machines’. The word was derived from the Greek word kubernetes ‘steersman’. It spread rapidly to refer to organisms treated as if they were machines, to observed similarities between neural activity and the electronic devices of modern communications, and so on.2. A by-product of the word is the use of the first element cyber- in a wide range of computer terms: cybercafe (a cafe equipped with terminals to access the Internet), cybercrime (criminal activity conducted over the Internet, such as identity fraud), cyberphobia (an abnormal fear of computers), cyberpunk (a style of science fiction), cybersex (sexual arousal from computer images), and cyberspace (most importantly) (the environment of virtual reality, a hallucinatory illusion of being elsewhere as created by special equipment controlled by a computer program).
Modern English usage. 2014.
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cybernetics — (n.) coined 1948 by U.S. mathematician Norbert Wiener (1894 1964) from Gk. kybernetes steersman (metaphorically guide, governor ) + ICS (Cf. ics); perhaps based on 1830s Fr. cybernétique the art of governing. The future offers very little hope… … Etymology dictionary
cybernetics — [n] science studying brain function to design analagous mechanical systems artificial intelligence, automatic technology, automation, autonetics, electronic communication, radiodynamics, robotization, telemechanics; concepts 274,349 … New thesaurus
cybernetics — ► PLURAL NOUN (treated as sing. ) ▪ the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things. DERIVATIVES cybernetic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek kubern t s steersman … English terms dictionary
cybernetics — ☆ cybernetics [sī΄bərnet′iks ] n. [coined (1948) by WIENER Norbert < Gr kybernētēs, helmsman (< kybernan, to steer, GOVERN) + ICS] the science dealing with the comparative study of human control systems, as the brain and nervous system, and … English World dictionary
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cybernetics — cybernetic, cybernetical, adj. cybernetically, adv. cyberneticist, cybernetician /suy beuhr ni tish euhn/, n. /suy beuhr net iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the study of human control functions and of mechanical and electronic systems designed to … Universalium
cybernetics —  Cybernetics was first coined in French, as cybernétique, in the 1830s. But then it was used literally for the ‘art of governing’ (it is a derivative of Greek kubernétēs ‘steersman, governor’, from kubernan ‘steer’, source of English govern) … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins