Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in by Eden Medina

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 switch lower than Salvador Allende; the second one used to be the simultaneous try to construct a working laptop or computer method that may deal with Chile's financial system. Neither imaginative and prescient was once totally learned -- Allende's executive ended with a violent army coup; the method, often called undertaking Cybersyn, used to be by no means thoroughly carried out -- yet they carry classes for at the present time concerning the courting among expertise and politics.Drawing on broad archival fabric and interviews, Medina examines the cybernetic method expected by means of the Chilean govt -- which used to be to add holistic method layout, decentralized administration, human-computer interplay, a countrywide telex community, close to real-time regulate of the becoming business area, and modeling the habit of dynamic structures. She additionally describes, and files with photos, the network's celebrity Trek-like operations room, which featured swivel chairs with armrest keep an eye on panels, a wall of displays exhibiting info, and flashing pink lighting to point fiscal emergencies.Studying venture Cybersyn this present day is helping us comprehend not just the technological targets of a central authority in the middle of political swap but additionally the restrictions of the Chilean revolution. This historical past extra exhibits how human makes an attempt to mix the political and the technological with the aim of constructing a extra simply society can open new technological, highbrow, and political probabilities. applied sciences, Medina writes, are old texts; after we learn them we're interpreting history.

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