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Your first time here? Welcome, I'm glad you've dropped in.... David Soul (aka Bricoleur)
Int. J. Systems Sci., 1970, vol. 1, No. 2, 89-97
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,

[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.

Tags: Ashby, control, model, regulator, Systems


Decision and Control

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Books, Books (Cybernetics)

This entry is part 3 of 2 in the series TOE of Organization

Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics (Classic Beer Series) Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics by Stafford Beer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Virtually every major “discovery” trotted out by business authors in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and ’00s that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, upon reflection and returning to this one source, appear to have by “pre-discovered” and their history and importance touched upon at least in passing in this remarkable management classic.

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Tags: Books, control, cybernetics, Stafford Beer


Breadcrumbs for November 13th through 23:00

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Breadcrumbs

These are my links for November 13th from 22:43 to 23:00:

  • Personal VSM – If one wishes to change the world, one must first change oneself. This was one of Heinz von Foerster’s profound teachings and one that has great applicability today as it seems that many aspects of our lives threaten to spiral out of control. Here in Ontario, which is one of the more tranquil areas on earth, we have had continuing security fall-out from the World Trade Center attack, the Walkerton water system’s e-coli contamination, SARS, a computer leasing scandal in city government and the electricity black-out in August. All appeared to be catastrophes or anomalies but, upon examination, all have been found to be events that we could have, and should have, been better prepared to meet. All the subsequent examinations exposed failures to see the whole picture and to respond with requisite variety when the first sign of trouble appeared.

Tags: change, control, experience, ignorance, predictions, science, teaching, thinking, VSM

Paul Bloom writes in Slate Magazine

“Many Americans doubt the morality of atheists. According to a 2007 Gallup poll,1a majority of Americans say that they would not vote for an otherwise qualified atheist as president, meaning a nonbeliever would have a harder time getting elected than a Muslim, a homosexual, or a Jew. Many would go further and agree with conservative commentator Laura Schlessinger that morality requires a belief in God—otherwise, all we have is our selfish desires. In The Ten Commandments,2 she approvingly quotes Dostoyevsky: “Where there is no God, all is permitted.” The opposing view, held by a small minority of secularists, such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, is that belief in God makes us worse. As Hitchens puts it, “Religion poisons everything.”3

Tags: control, cybernetics, feeling, Privacy, religion, system 2


Breadcrumbs for 2006-02-03

   Posted by: dsoul    in Breadcrumbs

Tags: control, innovation

Billed as “a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary framework for intelligent systems”, this book by Alexander A. Meystel (Drexel University) and James S. Albus (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is primarily for scientists and engineers but has a lot to offer anyone seriously wishing to explore contemporary theories in the field of intelligence.

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Tags: CEP, control, design, intelligence, Systems

In this book by Simon Head (Oxford University Press, 2003) the author maintains that information technology is being used not to liberate workers from drudgery but to further their regimentation… as the HBR says “A sobering view of the new workplace.”

Head maintains that far from empowering, the net result of the implementation of the principles of industrialization to skilled (knowledge work, whether at the high income profession positions such
as the physician or with the skilled work of lower-inome workers such as call center agents)is what he calls “skill debilitation.”

Tags: Books, CEP, control, cybernetics, design, error, knowledge, skills, Systems

Building and Fire Research Laboratory Program: Cybernetic Building System

“During the next ten years, the building controls industry in the United States will be undergoing a radical change from one with a vertical structure to one with a horizontal structure. Building control companies, equipment and system manufacturers, energy providers, utilities, and design engineers will be under increasing pressure to improve performance and reduce costs. Cost reduction can be achieved by developing cybernetic building systems that integrate more and more building services, including energy management, fire and security, transportation, fault detection and diagnostics, optimal control, the real time purchase of electricity and the aggregation of building stock.”

Tags: Complex Event Processing, control, cybernetics, Systems


“Process Cybernetics is a young company whose aim is to provide leading edge intellingent modelling and control technologies in a form specifically targeted at the process industries”

“Process Cybernetics Ltd. was formed in 1997 to develop and market new fuzzy modelling and control techniques for the process industries. The innovative nature and potential of our products was recognised with a
John Logie Baird Award for Innovation in 1997 and we have just received further recognition in the form of a Scottish Office SMART award.”

Tags: control, cybernetics, model, models


Real Time Process Control over the Internet

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in cybernetics

slide presentation (pdf here) was made by Dr. Hari Gunasingham, CEO Eutech Cybernetics at the Regional Industrial Networking Conference (2004) claims that the Internet enables geographically distributed cybernetic systems – providing autonomous machine-to-machine and machine-to-man communication and collaboration. goto

Tags: control, cybernetics