By The Editors
The Information Age is the era shaped by information and communication technologies and by information-based industries. It partially overlaps with the Space Age — The Space Age started in the late 1950s with the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, whereas the Information age started in the mid-1970s in association with the Digital Revolution.
One of the recognized fathers of the Information Age is Norbert Wiener, the inventor of ”cybernetics”. He defined Cybernetics as the science of “control and communication in the animal and the machine”. Although the prefix “cyber” is now widely used for about everything – from sex to art – and is generally associated with virtual reality, cybernetics studies the feedback mechanisms that allow information to self-regulate a system, from biological mechanisms to artificial ones. Norbert Weiner’s anticipated human communication in a technical world.
I believe that cybernetics not only spear-headed the Information Age – it also describes the principles of global connectedness in the Information Age: “Cybernetics is applicable when a system being analyzed is involved in a closed signaling loop; that is, where action by the system generates some change in its environment and that change is reflected in that system in some manner (feedback) that triggers a system change, originally referred to as a “circular causal” relationship.”