Torchwood | Cybernetics


Paper published by Doctor Tanizaki, Cybernetics Expert

Cybernetics is "efficiency of action" taught Louis Couffignal, an early pioneer. "Efficiency" is what the Cybermen have shown us.

Their technology reduced humanity to its core essentials, and then rebuilt those components so that they functioned more efficiently.

It was a fundamental reimagining of the human concept, a revision not just of body but of brain.

If we look to the Greek origin of the word "Cybernetics", we see that it was originally about the theory of government. Rather than replacement limbs or organs, we return to the Greek view of restructuring human behaviour along unified lines of efficiency.

This is what the Cybermen are - a model of physical and psychological efficiency. A simplified structure where every unit (we cannot say individual) worked towards a defined Telos (Greek again, for goal or purpose).

If you look at the human way of doing things, you can see at least five different levels and modes of interaction, which I shall detail later. What is most important is that these are layers of inefficiency, with each individual working towards their own goals, and only towards a unified goal if that suits their own selfish purpose.

A way of defining a unified goal is to identify, perhaps, supporters of a football team - they display, there, a shared wish for success which can also [extract ends].

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