Cyber-Death

Norbert Wiener, from The Human User of Human Beings (1950, Da Capo edition, p.24-5):

This control of a machine on the basis of its actual performance rather than its expected performance is known as feedback, and involves sensory members which are actuated by motor members and perform the function of tell-tales or monitors — that is, of elements which indicate a performance. It is the function of these mechanisms to control the mechanical tendency towards disorganization; in other words, to produce a temporary and local reversal of the normal direction of entropy.

So — if “cybernetics really is dead” — what kind of circuitry malfunction has taken place?

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