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IEEE 3rd Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

July 22 - July 25

Conference Postponed to July 22-25, 2021!

Being Human in a Global Village



IEEE Conference Number 48944

The phrase “Global Village” was coined by Canadian media theorist and philosopher Marshall McLuhan to describe how the propagation of media technologies creates an ever-more interconnected world. McLuhan was deeply influenced by the work of Norbert Wiener, a mathematician, technologist, and philosopher whose work in cybernetics brought ideas like “complexity, computing, communications, and control” to the quest for a General Systems Theory. Wiener’s work offered a comprehensive blend of theory and practice spanning across the “Global Village,” and this conference pays tribute to both the global dimension of his legacy and his ethical commitment to valorizing human freedom and autonomy within a society increasingly dominated by cybernetic systems.

21CW2020: “Being Human in a Global Village” is the third in a series of conferences initiated by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), following events in Boston (2014) and Melbourne (2016). The 2020 event invites us to consider how we – as policy makers, parents, citizens, business owners, researchers, humans – need to be proactively preparing for a new world in light of the challenges coming our way in the form of artificial intelligence, or machine learning. For instance, young people need to be flexible and adaptable as the workplace in 20 years’ time will be very different from today.

This conference will have three general themes:

  • The state of technologies initiated by Wiener.
  • The social impact of those technologies.
  • Wiener’s 1950s engagement and travels in India.

More specifically, we invite participants to consider how Wiener’s work resonates with various contemporary interpretations of the concept “global village.” For example, literary scholar Sue-Im’s claims that it has come to designate “the dominant term for expressing a global coexistence altered by transnational commerce, migration, and culture,” while Thomas Friedman defines of the global village as a world “tied together into a single globalized marketplace and village.”

Contemporary cybernetics began as an interdisciplinary study connecting the fields of control systems, electrical network theory, mechanical engineering, logic modeling, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, and psychology in the 1940s, through the Macy Conferences. Studies in cybernetics provide a means for examining the design and function of any system, including social systems such as business management and organizational learning, achieving both effective and human functioning.

For more information and deadlines visit:


Prof. T V Gopal
Conference Chair & Professor Department of Computer Science and Engineering College of Engineering Anna University Chennai – 600 025, INDIA
Mob: +91 9840121302

Prof. Greg Adamson
Programme Chair &
Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow in Cyber Security
School of Computing and Information Systems
University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC, Australia
Mob: +61 423783527
greg.adamson@unimelb.edu.au greg.adamson.engineer@gmail.com






July 22
July 25


IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)
ANNA University, Chennai, India


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