Definition of cybernetics in English:

cybernetics

plural noun

  • [treated as singular] The science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things.

    • ‘He participated in the Macy Foundation meetings that founded the science of cybernetics, but kept a healthy distance from computers.’
    • ‘In addition to anything else, to ignore the crucial functioning of the meat in the machine is poor cybernetics.’
    • ‘Einstein's theory of relativity was ostracized by many scientists in the cause of self-preservation, while quantum mechanics and cybernetics were virtually banned.’
    • ‘How do we picture a new age of genetic manipulation, of cloning, of cybernetics, a literal synergy between computing and biology, particularly when these are still in their infancy?’
    • ‘This field, situated somewhere between physics, engineering, and cybernetics, may or may not fulfill the hopes of its contemporary proponents.’
    • ‘The competition has been organised to promote cybernetics, the study of the interaction between computers and humans.’
    • ‘She is especially interested in cybernetics and systems analysis as sources of chronophobia in artists and others.’
    • ‘I've always been into cybernetics and nanotechnology.’
    • ‘He is best known for his work in cybernetics, the study of control systems, especially systems that blend human nerves with electronic networks.’
    • ‘An important part in science comes to be taken by such fields of it as the study of systems, mathematics, cybernetics and the study of operations.’
    • ‘Since the first wave of cybernetics, control remains the most difficult of strategies to manage populations and their environment.’
    • ‘The science of cybernetics has discovered many similarities between computers and the human brain.’
    • ‘We are just now beginning to recognize the new order resulting from the development of the science of cybernetics.’
    • ‘The combination of cybernetics with psychoanalysis and feminism made possible a writing that would no longer be representational, but productive: an erotic engineering.’
    • ‘General System Theory, cybernetics, noncausality, and a nonprofessional stance can be employed by dolts as well as geniuses, by demons as easily as by saints, and by all in between.’
    • ‘I was just beginning to become interested in cybernetics and robotics.’
    • ‘Ampere, before him, wanted cybernetics to be the science of government.’
    • ‘There is a specialized science, cybernetics, studying these problems of the general systems theory.’
    • ‘This was an era of early cybernetics: command and control.’
    • ‘[Arins] wrote papers on the descriptive theory of functions…, theoretical computer science, and cybernetics.’

Origin

1940s: from Greek kubernētēs steersman, from kubernan to steer.

Pronunciation:

cybernetics

/sʌɪbəˈnɛtɪks/