Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) was a great American mathematician and pioneering computer scientist who coined the word "cybernetics," meaning the science of communication and control in animals and machines. In his book Cybernetics (1948) and the more popular, nonmathematical The Human Use of Human Beings (1950), he introduced the public to concepts such as information, input and output, programming, feedback, and artificial intelligence, as well as speculating on the future of information technology.
The typescript of an unpublished essay by Wiener dating from 1949 was recently rediscovered (New York Times story):
Wiener makes the very interesting point that computing can be a Pandora's box: the more arrogant and power-hungry we get in our invention of information-processing machines, the more problems we create for ourselves—possibly insoluble and fatal problems.
What do you think? Have we developed computing using humility or arrogance? I know my answer.
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