• Pangaro Incorporated

    Cambridge Cybernetic Society
    1st Meeting

    "When is Cybernetics?"
    An illuminating introduction to an oft-invoked
    but arcane field

    Speaker: Paul Pangaro

    Wednesday 11 October 95
    @Cybersmith in Harvard Square
    42 Church Street, Cambridge MA
    4 - 5 pm
    Information about the Society & Meetings: 617-489-9500
    Information about Cybersmith: 617-492-5857

    Cybernetics is not the same as robotics or atificial intelligence and has nothing to do with freezing dead people.

    Emerging from control theory and the feeling that trans-disciplinary enquiry was critical, the field of cybernetics surged in the 1940s. By 1960 it had become a political no-no, coincidentally the same period that it exploded into new domains. Today the word has returned to common use, but its meaning and importance are not understood. Cybernetics directly influences revolutionary work in fields such as biology, cognitive science, family therapy, machine intelligence, and management.

    But what is it? Primarily an epistemological stance, cybernetics is informally characterized by the speaker as "the science of describing"; that is, a formal approach to the purpose and nature of this universal human activity. As such, it requires an examination of the subjectivity inherent in all description.

    The speaker, Paul Pangaro, was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Humanities and Computer Science and holds a doctoral degree in Cybernetics from Brunel University, UK He has worked with Nelson Max on international award-winning computer-generated films, with Jerry Lettvin on neural modeling, with Nicholas Negroponte on color graphics and animation systems, and with Gordon Pask on the cybernetics of learning. In 1981, PANGARO Incorporated was formed to provide a vehicle for applied cybernetics in the commercial arena.

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