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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, influenced by the cognate term governor, an early control device.


  • (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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