This Day in History: November 26
November 26, 1894
Norbert Wiener Born
Cybernetics author Norbert Wiener is born. Wiener’s book, published in 1948, was a major influence on later research into artificial intelligence. In the book, Wiener drew on World War II experiments with anti-aircraft systems that anticipated the course of enemy planes by interpreting radar images. Wiener also did extensive analysis of brain waves and explored the similarities between the human brain and a modern computing machine capable of memory association, choice, and decision making.