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Dark Hero of the Information Age

Posted 2 Mar 2005 at 23:39 UTC by steve Share This

Norbert Wiener is known as the father of Cybernetics. His 1948 book on cybernetics is standard reading for AI and Robotics engineers even today. He was a child prodigy, wrote science fiction, and did some of the earliest computer research on chess playing algorithms (after being defeated at chess by a chess playing automaton built by 19th century Spanish scientist Leonardo Torres y Quevedo). His ideas on feedback provided part the basis for John Von Neumann's pioneering work. Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman have co-authored a new book, Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, The Father of Cybernetics. A New York Times book review (registration required or use bugmenot to bypass it) gives a good summary of the biography.

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