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From Ancient Greek κυβερνητικός (kubernētikós, good at steering, good pilot), from κυβερνάω (kubernáō, I steer, drive, guide, act as a pilot), possibly based on 1830s French cybernétique (the art of governing). The term was coined in 1948 by U.S. mathematician Norbert Wiener.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsaɪ.bə(ɹ)ˈnɛ.tɪks/


cybernetics (uncountable)

  1. The theory/science of communication and control in the animal and the machine.
  2. The art/study of governing, controlling automatic processes and communication.
  3. Technology related to computers and Internet.

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