Lebende Prototypen und lebhafte Artefakte: Die (Un-)Gewissheiten der Bionik

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In the course of its current popularity Bionics is often depicted as a promising approach to design more efficient and sustainable technologies by just copying nature’s solutions. In the present article I am investigating the epistemology of Bionics in regard to its historic roots in Cybernetics and the military-industrial-academic complex of the 1960s. The paper argues that the early actors of Bionics were well aware of their discipline’s epistemic constraints and the antagonism between mimesis and abstraction. In fact, as a close look at the research practice at Heinz von Foerster’s Biological Computer Laboratory reveals, the imitation of nature often involved a great deal of tinkering, a little bit of patching up and sometimes even a hint of trickery. – Keywords: Bionics, Cybernetics, Heinz von Foerster, Biological Computer Laboratory, scientific modelling, living protypes, transfer of knowledge, NumaRete.
ZeitschriftIlinx. Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft
Seiten (von - bis)1-20
Anzahl der Seiten21
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 2011

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ISBN 978-3-86572-591-2 Mimesen / hrsg. von Eva Johach, Jasmin Mersmann und Evke Rulffes


  • Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft - Bionics, NumaRete, transfer of knowledge, living protypes, scientific modelling, Biological Computer Laboratory, Heinz von Foerster, Cybernetics