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Gary N. Lines

Gary N. Lines is an Adelaide novelist and writes for Australian Financial Review. His latest book is Doing Life in Paradise (2016).

Gary N. Lines reviews 'Rise of the Machines: The lost history of cybernetics' by Thomas Rid

October 2016, no. 385 26 September 2016
What is the definition of the postmodern concept known as cybernetics? Englishman and mathematician Thomas Rid, a professor in the War Studies department at King's College, London, comprehensively documents the history of cybernetics in his book Rise of the Machines. First, though, he discusses the problem of defining cybernetics. It seems like a logical place to start. Logical it may be, but easy ... (read more)