, Wiener borrowed the ancient Greek word “cyber,” which is related to the idea of government or governing.
Indeed, the only time the word cybernetics had appeared before was in a few works of political theory about the science of governance.
In his writing, Wiener described what was at the time a pretty futuristic idea — that one day there would be a computer system that ran on feedback. And for a long time, cybernetics remained the purview of information theorists like Wiener, and early computer programmers. For years, that was the only word I knew with the prefix ‘cyber’ in it.” One morning in 1979, I was getting ready for work and Gary Numan’s “Cars” came on the radio.
She told io9 that the first time she heard the term was when she was in high school in 1967, and somebody mentioned cybernetics. Authors like Cadigan, Bruce Sterling and Rudy Rucker were writing mind-blowing stories about the merging of humans and computers.
Cyber became a catch-all prefix that could be added to any word to make it sound cutting-edge.
Cadigan noted that cyber “sort of supplanted the term ‘digital’ in some ways as an indicator of something that was high tech.”The 1990s: Decade of Cyber Cyberpunk was a mostly-underground artistic style in the 1980s, but suddenly in the 1990s everything was cyber.
As more and more people got internet access, the alien world of cyberspace from William Gibson’s work became a household consumer item. seem to get a mix of positive and negative terms involving the prefix, which possibly reflects the mixed feelings people often have about the opportunities and threats a new technology can bring.
Richard Holden, a lexicographer with the Oxford English Dictionary, recently researched the history of cyber for the dictionary. it seems to have become particularly popular in the 1990s — we don’t have all that much evidence for its use before then. , agreed with Holden, noting that the seemingly-incongruous ideas of cybersex and cyberwar “grew up side by side.” The earliest recorded use of the term “cybersecurity” came in 1989, the exact same year when the word “cyberporn” was coined. In the heady days of the 1990s “information superhighway,” before people got used to the idea that shopping, dating, and work could exist online, adding the prefix cyber to something made it seem like it was taking place in the gleaming, pixelated world inhabited by futuristic youth.
He told io9 that the 1990s were a time when use of the word underwent rapid diversification:, as it happens), but . This seems likely to be a result of the invention of the World Wide Web, and the earliest evidence we’ve found for words like cyber-bully, cybercommunity, cybergeek, cyberlaw, cyberstalker, and, indeed, cybersex and cyberwar all comes from the early 90s. Had the i Phone come along in the 1990s, it’s likely that we’d be calling our devices something very different.
Cadigan said, “Terminology-wise, I find it interesting that we never had cyber-phones.
The mobile/celluar phone became the cell and then evolved into the smart phone, not the cyber-phone.” Just as today everything from buildings to phones can be “smart,” in the 1990s anything could be cyber. The Cybersex Moment Back in the days of AOL chat rooms, IRC channels, and text-only multi-user games, lots of people started having cybersex.
Most of this furtive online activity involved no more than people talking dirty via text.