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Blend of cybernetic and automation


cybernation (uncountable)

  1. The control of an industrial operation or task through processing of information with a computer.
    • 1964, Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, Routledge (2008), page 269:
      And the mechanization of a task is done by segmentation of each part of an action in a series of uniform, repeatable, and moveable parts. The exact opposite characterizes cybernation (or automation), which has been described as a way of thinking, as much as a way of doing. Instead of being concerned with separate machines, cybernation looks at the production problem as an integrated system of information handling.


  • cybernation” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online