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cybernetics




The theoretical study of communication and control processes in biological, mechanical, and electronic systems, especially the comparison of these processes in biological and artificial systems. An important area of cybernetics is concerned with linking the working of the brain and nervous system with the functioning of computers and automated feedback devices.

Cybernetics, a branch of information theory, was pioneered by Norbert Wiener. See also bionics.


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   • COMPUTERS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AND CYBERNETICS
   • SYSTEMS THEORY