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 for cybernetics
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (biology) the field of science concerned with processes of
           communication and control (especially the comparison of
           these processes in biological and artificial systems)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "cybernetics":
     aerobiology, agrobiology, anatomy, astrobiology,
     automatic electronics, autonetics, bacteriology, biochemics,
     biochemistry, biochemy, bioecology, biological science, biology,
     biometrics, biometry, bionics, bionomics, biophysics, botany,
     cell physiology, circuit analysis, communication theory,
     cryobiology, cytology, ecology, electrobiology, embryology,
     enzymology, ethnobiology, exobiology, genetics, gnotobiotics,
     information theory, life science, microbiology, molecular biology,
     pharmacology, physiology, radio control, radiobiology,
     servo engineering, servomechanics, system engineering,
     systems analysis, systems planning, taxonomy, virology,
     xenobiology, zoology

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

      /si:`b*-net'iks/ The study of control and
     communication in living and man-made systems.
     The term was first proposed by Norbert Wiener in the book
     referenced below.  Originally, cybernetics drew upon
     electrical engineering, mathematics, biology, neurophysiology,
     anthropology, and psychology to study and describe actions,
     feedback, and response in systems of all kinds.  It aims to
     understand the similarities and differences in internal
     workings of organic and machine processes and, by formulating
     abstract concepts common to all systems, to understand their
     Modern "second-order cybernetics" places emphasis on how the
     process of constructing models of the systems is influenced by
     those very systems, hence an elegant definition - "applied
     Related recent developments (often referred to as sciences of
     complexity) that are distinguished as separate disciplines
     are artificial intelligence, neural networks, systems
     theory, and chaos theory, but the boundaries between those
     and cybernetics proper are not precise.
     See also robot.
     http://cybsoc.org)">The Cybernetics Society (http://cybsoc.org) of the UK.
     American Society for Cybernetics
     IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society
     International project "Principia Cybernetica"
     Usenet newsgroup: sci.systems (news:sci.systems).
     ["Cybernetics, or control and communication in the animal and the
     machine", N. Wiener, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1948]

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