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Cybernetics, Cyberethics, and Technologically Enhanced Learning

Cybernetics, Cyberethics, and Technologically Enhanced Learning
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Author(s): Howard A. Doughty (Seneca College, Canada)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 19
Source title: Emerging Trends in Cyber Ethics and Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ashley Blackburn (University of Houston – Downtown, USA), Irene Linlin Chen (University of Houston – Downtown, USA) and Rebecca Pfeffer (University of Houston – Downtown, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5933-7.ch010


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Cybernetics is the science of communications and control. It has been applied to everything from household thermostats to non-verbal communication. Ethics is the study of beliefs about right and wrong thought and behavior. The synthetic subfield of cyberethics deals with the application of ethics to the technologies and practices of cybernetics. This chapter will explore a definition of cybernetics that goes beyond its association with computers, information networks, and the rights, roles, and responsibilities of people involved in information technology. This more adventuresome approach will embrace broader themes in education and offer insights into the “box” outside of which we are relentlessly being told to think.

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