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Rise of the robots: I feedback, therefore I am

Are we masters of technology or has it mastered us, asks Will Self

By Will Self   October 2016

Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, with the robot known as Palomilla

Rise of the Machines: The Lost History of Cybernetics by Thomas Rid (Scribe £20)

Written by Norbert Wiener, an MIT mathematician, and published in 1948, Cybernetics: or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine is the book which first brought the term “cybernetics” to public attention. Synthesised from the Ancient Greek kubernan (meaning to steer, navigate or govern)…

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