[SIGCIS-Members] Cybernetics and Industry

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Thu Jun 28 20:45:31 PDT 2018


I streamed a Cybernetics Conference in NYC late last year.

You might find something in there.

https://livestream.com/internetsociety2/cybercon

On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:27 PM, Bjorn Westergard <bjornw at gmail.com> wrote:

> Esteemed SIGCIS members,
>
> Which are the indispensable histories (and/or shorter historical essays)
> of cybernetics that touch on its social context?
>
> I'm particularly interested in the influence of self-styled cyberneticians
> on those playing a directive function in private enterprise (industrial/process
> engineers, managers, etc.) and vice versa.
>
> This question was prompted by a (characteristically!) gnomic remark of
> Wiener's in *The Human Use of Human Beings*, in which he appears to be
> quite fluent in "Taylorist" idiom:
>
> "The notion of programming in the factory had already become familiar
> through the work of Taylor and the Gilbreths on time study, and was ready
> to be transferred to the machine. This offered considerable difficulty of
> detail, but no great difficulty of principle." (p150)
>
> Cheers,
> Bjorn
>
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