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The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society (The Da Capo series… (edição: 1988)

de Norbert Wiener (Autor)

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Only a few books stand as landmarks in social and scientific upheaval. Norbert Wiener's classic is one in that small company. Founder of the science of cybernetics--the study of the relationship between computers and the human nervous system--Wiener was widely misunderstood as one who advocated the automation of human life. As this book reveals, his vision was much more complex and interesting. He hoped that machines would release people from relentless and repetitive drudgery in order to achieve more creative pursuits. At the same time he realized the danger of dehumanizing and displacement. His book examines the implications of cybernetics for education, law, language, science, technology, as he anticipates the enormous impact--in effect, a third industrial revolution--that the computer has had on our lives.… (mais)
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Título:The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society (The Da Capo series in science)
Autores:Norbert Wiener (Autor)
Informação:Da Capo Press (1988), Edition: New edition, 200 pages
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I read it just to see if there was anything to be gained from returning to the horse’s mouth when it comes to cybernetics and information theory…but there’s not a great deal of interest today, given how much his ideas have permeated our society. It’s a mixum-gatherum of various observations and what he thinks are noteworthy implications of different ideas, a type of free-association of theory in the abstract to try bring it to bear on reality. ( )
1 vote agtgibson | Jan 5, 2021 |
003.5 WIE
  ScarpaOderzo | Apr 20, 2020 |
Decided to try this one as I read Possible Minds (another collection of essays compiled by John Brockman. This one uses Human Use of Human Beings as a launch pad for recent AI contemplations) as well as Gregory Bateson's Ecologies of Mind. Cybernetics will never make complete sense to me but this book filled in some gaps. ( )
1 vote DouglasDuff | Jul 11, 2019 |
The key question, according to Bill Gates is "What is the function of the human being".
  mdstarr | Sep 11, 2011 |
I totally agree with the review by "jaygheiser" although it relates a little to information and communication but this is on in 1954 there wasn't this amount of technology or break through that we have right now. It's a good book to see the way people thought of technology and communication at that time but an updated 3rd Edition would be even more interesting. ( )
  Mowafy | Feb 2, 2010 |
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It is the pattern maintained by this homeostasis, which is the touchstone of our personal identity. ... We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves. [96]
I repeat, the prevalence of cliches is no accident, but inherent in the nature of information. [119]
Let us remember that the automatic machine [computer], whatever we think of any feelings it may or may not have, is the precise economic equivalent of slave labor. Any labor which competes with slave labor must accept the economic conditions of slave labor. [162]
The world of the future will be an even more demanding struggle against the limitations of our intelligence, not a comfortable hammock in which we can lie down to be waited upon by our robot slaves.
The sense of tragedy is that the world is not a pleasant little nest made for our protection, but a vast and largely hostile environment, in which we can achieve great things only by defying the gods; and that this defiance inevitably brings its own punishment.
as efficient as communications’ mechanisms become, they are still, as they have always been, subject to the overwhelming tendency for entropy to increase, for information to leak in transit, unless certain external agents are introduced to control it. I have already referred to an interesting view of language made by a cybernetically-minded philologist—that speech is a joint game by the talker and the listener against the forces of confusion.
What I have said about the newspapers and the movies applies equally to the radio, to television, and even to bookselling. Thus we are in an age where the enormous per capita bulk of communication is met by an ever-thinning stream of total bulk of communication. More and more we must accept a standardized inoffensive and insignificant product which, like the white bread of the bakeries, is made rather for its keeping and selling properties than for its food value.

This is fundamentally an external handicap of modern communication, but it is paralleled by another which gnaws from within. This is the cancer of creative narrowness and feebleness.

In the old days, the young man who wished to enter the creative arts might either have plunged in directly or prepared himself by a general schooling, perhaps irrelevant to the specific tasks he finally undertook, but which was at least a searching discipline of his abilities and taste. Now the channels of apprenticeship are largely silted up. Our elementary and secondary schools are more interested in formal classroom discipline than in the intellectual discipline of learning something thoroughly, and a great deal of the serious preparation for a scientific or a literary course is relegated to some sort of graduate school or other.
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Only a few books stand as landmarks in social and scientific upheaval. Norbert Wiener's classic is one in that small company. Founder of the science of cybernetics--the study of the relationship between computers and the human nervous system--Wiener was widely misunderstood as one who advocated the automation of human life. As this book reveals, his vision was much more complex and interesting. He hoped that machines would release people from relentless and repetitive drudgery in order to achieve more creative pursuits. At the same time he realized the danger of dehumanizing and displacement. His book examines the implications of cybernetics for education, law, language, science, technology, as he anticipates the enormous impact--in effect, a third industrial revolution--that the computer has had on our lives.

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