Principia Cybernetica Web

Principia Cybernetica as a Universal Knowledge System for Cybernetics and Systems Science

[Node to be completed]

The potential for computer technology to revolutionize knowledge systems is of course not only well known, but also well underway. There are many \cite{BUV45,END63,NET65} who have championed the above ideas into the idea of constructing a "universal knowledge system" which would not only dynamically represent the current state of knowledge, but also make it accessible at multiple levels of resolution and in multiple orderings. Such a system is envisioned to have: universal access to all individuals and groups; universal content of all representable knowledge; unlimited "collaborative granularity" to group people and groups of people into other groups of people; a completely connected architecture, to ensure accessibility of the whole system; complete flexibility of representational form and modality; and a maximal interface through human sense organs and effectors, perhaps to the point of neural interfacing.

Of course, such a goal is still quite remote, for those researchers or any others in any field. Yet where else but in Cybernetics and Systems Science should this be seriously attempted? Where else are the fundamental principles of information systems so well understood and developed? Where else is this intimate relation between people and machines more highly championed? And, what other field could most benefit from the possibility of an easing of the construction of a unified conceptual territory from a vast, heterogeneous expanse?

Copyright© 1992 Principia Cybernetica - Referencing this page

C. Joslyn,

Jan 1992


Introduction to Principia Cybernetica

The Need for Principia Cybernetica

Prev. Next


Add comment...