We see the word “cyber” everywhere today. It’s included in all the hashtags, events names and even in hand sanitizer available for purchase at Toys ‘R Us: Cyber Clean
(72% ethanol alcohol, with aloe.)To solicit more feedback from my peers, I conducted and shared a LinkedIn Poll
with my professional network in February 2021 (shown below.) Out of 33 voters, just over half of those polled had no or partial understanding of the origin and meaning of the word “cyber.“
How was the term “cyber” coined?“Cyber” has origins to the Greek word “kubernetes.” If you work in tech or have hung around developers long enough, you may have heard of this open source container system
, designed by Google, that automates application deployment
.A quick history lesson teaches us that “cybernetics” was first coined and published by Norbert Wiener
in the 1940s. Wiener was involved in the fields of computer science, engineering and biology. He studied their interconnection, specifically the relationship between computers and the human nervous system. Wiener pioneered this fascinating new hybrid field of anthro-cyber, which sprouted up in Ivy League University lecture halls and amphitheaters over half a century ago!By the late 1980s, with the help of Gizmodo,
we have come to assume that ..