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Good History Of Cybersyn, Chile’s Cyberutopian Experiment Of The 70s

Klint Finley

Good history and context of Chile’s experiment in social cybernetics in the 1960s:

In the early 1970s the scale of Beer’s proposed network was unprecedented. One of the largest computer networks of the day was a mere fifteen machines in the US, the military progenitor to the Internet known as ARPANET. Beer was suggesting a network with hundreds or thousands of endpoints. Moreover, the computational complexity of his concept eclipsed even that of the Apollo moon missions, which were still ongoing at that time. After a few hours of conversation President Allende responded to the audacious proposition: Chile must indeed become the world’s first cybernetic government, for the good of the people. Work was to start straight away.

Full Story: Damn Interesting: Nineteen Seventy Three

Previously: Cybersyn – the Chilean socialist Internet of the 70s

 
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