Hey everyone! We’re back at it again with the traditions. Before reading any further, you may ask “what on earth are cybernetic traditions?” Cybernetics is the study of information processing, feedback and control in communication systems. This seems simple… like basic information technology stuff, yes? Now that you have an idea of what cybernetics actually is, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
The Cybernetic Tradition is communication as a system of information processing. In fact, a scientist at the great MIT actually coined the word cybernetics to describe the field of artificial intelligence.
How can you identify the cybernetic tradition?
Here’s how… you have to look for these three characteristics below:
- Traditions of complex systems in which interacting elements influence one another.
- Any part of a system is always constrained by its dependence on other parts and this pattern of interdependence organizes the system itself.
- System cannot remain alive without importing new resources in the form of inputs. Takes inputs from the environment, processes the and create outputs that are out back into the environment.
Common questions theorists ask
- How does the system work?
- What could change it?
- How can we get the bugs out?
There are 5 variations in this particular theory
- Basic system theory
- Information Theory
- The General System Theory
- Second Order Cybernetics
Communication does not happen in a straight line. I believe it is a cycle, with lots of different things occurring; one thing having an impact on the other. Everything is interconnected and dependent on other parts, kind of like a domino effect, perhaps. In this scenario below, you’ll what I mean.
In the above picture is a cycle of a day in the life of a family. There’s a father (we’ll call him George) and a mother/wife (we’ll call her Sarah) and their children. George is a man who must have things going in a particular way, he’s very routine oriented. His wife on the other hand is a stay at home mom, which is a tiring job to say the least. So one day he came home after having a jog in the park expecting to have a nice hot meal on the table to welcome his return. However, things didn’t go as planned. When George got home he realized that the dinner wasn’t ready, which means he had to wait. Then something else set him off – the children are not doing their homework, instead they’re watching television and making a whole bunch of noise. So George is now ticked off and ends up yelling at both his wife and kids. Obviously, he had a rough day at work, that’s why he went for a run to clear his head but as soon as he got home something as small as dinner not being ready triggered him. Then, he sees the error of his ways and realizes that Sarah is also very tired. Sarah then realizes that he had a stressful day too. So he gets the children and makes sure everyone works together to finish all the tasks at hand. Working together as team restored the order within the home and in the end they ended up having a good night. In the future, the family would know to learn from their mistakes so that this event doesn’t take place again.
“We’re all connected in the great circle of life” ~ Lion King, haha.
This brings me to the end of this post guys, I hope this little story time really put this Cybernetic Tradition into perspective… until next time 🙂