Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History
By Thomas Rid
What do selfies, robot butlers and a self-stabilizing machine built in 1946 have in common? Cybernetics, the study of how machines and the people using them connect and communicate. Birthed during the technological advances of World War II and now underpinning every automated facet of life, cybernetics itself is rarely in the spotlight. Rid, an academic expert on cybersecurity, pieces together the field’s story with engaging detours into ’60s counterculture, Star Wars and, naturally, the Terminator movies.