By: Peter Solderitsch
Like most people, prior to taking this course I (Peter) didn’t really know what the term “cybernetics” actually meant. The prefix “cyber-” has been used in front of just about any other word you can think of in order to generically connote “futuristic” or “computer-enabled” or “electronic”. Actually, cybernetics is, quite generally, the study of “observed and observing systems”, or the study and theory of any system that uses feedback and correction in order to pursue specific goals.
Yes, it’s all supremely high-level and theoretical, but also quite helpful in framing problems and abstracting complex systems away to simpler metaphors. One of the more valuable assignments for the course was to create concept maps to help answer the following questions: What is cybernetics and How is cybernetics related to Design?
Source: Peter’s Academic portofolio