Stuart Umpleby: “Ambidextrous Organization”

Interesting term: “ambidextrous organization.” It seems the basic idea is an organization that can both produce a current product and create the next product.  In the 9 page wikipedia article there is no mention of Stafford Beer’s work on management cybernetics and the Viable System Model. Beer’s Viable System Model (VSM) lies at the heart …

Stuart Umpleby: Deliberate Mis-Information is Anti-Cybernetic

Of possible interest consistent with the information pathologies threat, not my views but worthy of reflection. Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing A successful democracy requires well-informed citizens, but what if the information at their disposal is not accurate?  Examples of misinformation are widespread and range from inflated advertising claims and political …

Stuart Umpleby: Europeans Rocketing Past Americans in Cybernetics

Americans are not inclined to create general theories.  Europeans are. 2009 CONVERGERS AND DIVERGERS: A Dimension of Cultural Difference between the United States and Europe In 1988 the US was the leader in cybernetics.  Now we are tied for third with the Middle East, behind China and Europe. 2008 HOW RESEARCH IN CYBERNETICS IS MOVING …

Stuart Umpleby: Limitations of Hand-Held Dashboards + Cyber-Brain RECAP

Before Fruit Ninja, Cybernetics By WILL WILES New York Times, November 29, 2012 EXTRACT (Conclusion) The No. 10 Dashboard taps into the same desire to master available information — a desire that has only grown as the amount of information in circulation has increased. Where Cybersyn needed dedicated national infrastructure and rooms full of equipment, …

Stuart Umpleby A Constructivist University: Farewell to the Paukmaschine*

Attached is an abstract for a talk given today in Vienna, Austria, for the Heinz von Foerster Society.  This Society, which has become a leading center for cybernetics research in Europe, celebrates the work of Heinz von Foester, who was born in Vienna and taught for many years at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  …