Wiener?s Prefiguring of a Cybernetic Design Theory

Thomas Fischer*

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Norbert Wiener was not only one of the inventors of cybernetics, but also an early cybernetician of invention (i.e., design). Wiener operated between what is (scientifically describable) and what ought to be (designed). He also reflected theoretically on himself doing so, thereby enacting several concepts of today?s cybernetic design theory ? far ahead of his time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7270436
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


  • Cybernetics
  • Ethics
  • Technological innovation


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