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The first chapter introduces the general ideas behind wearable computing, personal technologies, and the like. It gives a historical overview ranging from the original photographic motivations of personal cybernetics in the 1970s, to the fabric-based computers of the 1980s, and to the modern EyeTap systems. This chapter traces personal cybernetics from its obscure beginnings as a cumbersome wearable lighting and photographic control system to its more refined embodiments. The motivating factor in humanistic intelligence is that we realize the close synergy between the intelligence that arises from the human being in the feedback loop of a truly personal computational process.