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By Eden Medina

In Cybernetic Revolutionaries, Eden Medina tells the heritage of 2 intersecting utopian visions, one political and one technological. the 1st used to be Chile's test with peaceable socialist swap below Salvador Allende; the second one used to be the simultaneous try and construct a working laptop or computer procedure that might deal with Chile's financial system. Neither imaginative and prescient used to be totally learned -- Allende's executive ended with a violent army coup; the process, referred to as undertaking Cybersyn, was once by no means thoroughly carried out -- yet they carry classes for this day concerning the dating among know-how and politics.Drawing on wide archival fabric and interviews, Medina examines the cybernetic process predicted via the Chilean govt -- which used to be to add holistic process layout, decentralized administration, human-computer interplay, a countrywide telex community, close to real-time keep watch over of the becoming commercial region, and modeling the habit of dynamic structures. She additionally describes, and files with images, the network's celebrity Trek-like operations room, which featured swivel chairs with armrest keep watch over panels, a wall of monitors exhibiting info, and flashing pink lighting fixtures to point financial emergencies.Studying undertaking Cybersyn this day is helping us comprehend not just the technological objectives of a central authority in the middle of political switch but in addition the restrictions of the Chilean revolution. This heritage additional indicates how human makes an attempt to mix the political and the technological with the target of constructing a extra simply society can open new technological, highbrow, and political probabilities. applied sciences, Medina writes, are historic texts; once we learn them we're analyzing history.

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