Software for cognitive modeling, neural modeling, knowledge representation, intelligent training and computer – supported cooperative work has been directly influenced by cybernetics. However, cybernetics was not able to provide useful solutions to machine intelligence problems, not at any rate for areas considered to be complex in the metrics of symbol processing. Many fascinating artifacts have been created with an allure more recognizable to natural life or to the entertainment medium other than a bit of software.
Cybernetics has once again made its presence felt in AI as well as the hard and soft sciences. However, this time, unlike in 1950, its contribution has been perceived as subjective. This is because the philosophical position of the subject with respect to human knowledge is restricted by our conceptualizations and beliefs. What the future holds for us now is the time when cybernetics can already penetrate into the creation of intelligent artifacts of the human brain or the even the nervous system (Ibid, par. 6).
In the year 2000, cybernetics has once again spurred interest. The weaknesses identified in the products of artificial intelligence brought experts to seek unconventional perspectives on the function of the human brain and the biology of knowledge. This time, the value of cybernetics is slowly gaining recognition, particularly in man’s interactions and conversations. There has been a rediscovery of the significant influence it has caused in various products and services, now made possible through the advances in software networks we have today.
These includes the design methods used for the creation of exact representation of goals, interaction and system restrictions. As a result, students rethink the concepts of cybernetics with a more open mind than ever before. They do so in an attempt to give another perspective to the meaning and contribution of cybernetics in the history of man (Ibid, par. 7). Furthermore, a Cybernetic Revolution has been steered by the mass implementation of computerized technology that has happened in the not so distant past.
It is a revolution that transforms society faster and more radically than the Industrial Revolution ever did in history. However, in most cases, a crucial discourse on the issue of cybernetics, together with other powerful new technologies only happen outside the boundaries of sociology and conventional academe. The advent of comparative studies of the exponential rate of social influence of technology in the course of the Industrial Revolution and the current Cybernetic Revolution signifies a new transitional era.
It draws us into the realization that this new era would compel sociology to get back to its roots. In other words, sociology needs to stay fixed in the interdisciplinary and extra – disciplinary work to be able to deal with contemporary processes of societal development as it possibly suggest a new definition to humanity (Hansen NP).
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