《美國書評》刊出《遞歸與偶然》書評(英文)

德州理工大學學者、出版數部關於控制論著作的Bruce Clarke教授在《美國書評》發表了《遞歸與偶然》的書評,題為 “控制論、智能與宇宙技術”: https://bit.ly/3aW4mTg

“What, then, is cybernetics? It would seem, a monster with many heads. In Recursivity and Contingency, Yuk Hui notes that cybernetics is “not really a discipline but rather a movement with enormous richness and heterogeneity of ideas.” Hui codifies the diversity of cybernetics in two mirror images capturing how its concept has been split into opposing personae: “One is reductionist: it reduces organisms to feedback systems, which are imitations.” This is the image of cybernetics reflected in machine systems that imitate the organic performances of the human mind, the perceptions and senses of the animal nervous system, or other physiological capacities and regularities, by reduction to routines of calculation and prediction. “The other is nonreductionist … beyond any form of technological determinism; it is open to contingency without only reducing it to calculation.”