Tesla has just announced the Cybertruck, an electric-powered utility vehicle to be available in three models priced at US$39,900 (single motor rear wheel drive), US$ 49,900 (dual motor all wheel drive), and US$ 69,900 (tri-motor all wheel drive). The range varies between 250 miles (400 km) for the least expensive model to 500 miles (800 km) for the most expensive. More details are available on Wikipedia.
The design is…curious. It reminded me of this.
The funny thing about the “cyber” prefix was that it had always meant bulls***.
Back in the 1940s, the story went, MIT doubledome Norbert Weiner had wanted a title for a book he’d written about the electronic control of machines. Claude Shannon, also known as The Father of Information Theory, told Weiner to call his book Cybernetics. The academic justification for the word was that the “cyber” root came from the Greek word for “rudder”. A “kybernetes” was a steersman, or, by extension, a mechanical governor such as a weight-and-pulley feedback device you might hook to your tiller to keep your sailboat aimed at some fixed angle into the wind. The practical justification for the word was contained in Shannon’s advice to Weiner: “Use the word ‘cybernetics’, Norbert, because nobody knows what it means. This will always put you at an advantage in arguments.”
A Cybertruck model with full-cabin pressurisation is envisioned for use as an amphibious vehicle and for use on Mars.