A BRIEF OVERVIEW THE EARLY DAYS OF CYBERNETICS

 Howard Eisner
Distinguished Research Professor and Professor
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department
The George Washington University
 

This short talk presents some early perspectives with respect to Cybernetics, emphasizing an historical overview of the efforts of key contributors. Starting in the 40s of the 20th century, and quickly acceleration into the 50s and 60s, we see the views of people like Wiener, Ashby, Beer, Bertalanffy and others. Important elements of Cybernetics have included communications, control, automata and information theory, bionics, artificial intelligence (AI), learning, linguistics, and many other fields of investigation and application. A few key questions for today are posed for exploration and discussion.