How do you know that you know what you know? When I think about the excitement of those early years of the cybernetic conferences, there have been several losses. One is that the explosion of devices and manufacturing and the huge economic effect of computer technology has overshadowed the epistemological curiosity on which it was built, of how we know what we know, and how that affects decision making.
Mary Catherine Bateson (https://www.edge.org/conversation/mary_catherine_bateson-how-to-be-a-systems-thinker)
The tragedy of the cybernetic revolution, which had two phases, the computer science side and the systems theory side, has been the neglect of the systems theory side of it. We chose marketable gadgets in preference to a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
“Like the artist, the networked self is an aggregator of information flows, a collection of links to others, a switching machine.”
— Gregory Bateson