Archive for the ‘General Cybernetics’ Category

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Paul Pangaro, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT

To speak ‘Biological Computer Laboratory’ also speaks ‘Heinz von Foerster.’ To invoke von Foerster also invokes the BCL community that he gathered through his unerring identification of original thinkers and his unparalleled clarity about second-order cybernetics. Having chosen well his lab’s collaborators, von Foerster contributed seminal thinking that became foundations and superstructures for practitioners in the generations that followed.

Int. J. Systems Sci., 1970, vol. 1, No. 2, 89-97
EVERY GOOD REGULATOR OF A SYSTEM MUST BE A MODEL
OF THAT SYSTEM1
Roger C. Conant
Department of Information Engineering, University of Illinois, Box 4348, Chicago,

Illinois, 60680, U.S.A.
and W. Ross Ashby
Biological Computers Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801,

U.S.A.2
[Received 3 June 1970]

The design of a complex regulator often includes the making of a model of the system to be regulated. The making of such a model has hitherto been regarded as optional, as merely one of many possible ways.