The human use of human beings - cybernetics and society

  title={The human use of human beings - cybernetics and society},
  author={Norbert Wiener},
  • N. Wiener
  • Published 22 March 1988
  • Engineering, Computer Science
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… Expand
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  • Neurology
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