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The Allure of Machinic LifeCybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI$
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John Johnston

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262101264

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.001.0001

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Cybernetics and the New Complexity of Machines

Cybernetics and the New Complexity of Machines

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(p.25) 1 Cybernetics and the New Complexity of Machines
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The Allure of Machinic Life
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John Johnston

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.003.0002

This chapter makes a case for the fundamental complexity of cybernetic machines as a new species of automata, existing both “in the metal and in the flesh,” to use Norbert Wiener’s expression, as built and theorized by Claude Shannon, Ross Ashby, John von Neumann, Grey Walter, Heinz von Foerster, and Valentino Braitenberg.

Keywords:   cybernetic machines, automata, Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, Ross Ashby, John von Neumann, Grey Walter, Heinz von Foerster, Valentino Braitenberg

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