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 less than Salvador Allende; the second one used to be the simultaneous try and construct a working laptop or computer approach that will deal with Chile's economic system. Neither imaginative and prescient used to be totally realized--Allende's executive ended with a violent army coup; the process, often called undertaking Cybersyn, was once by no means thoroughly implemented--but they carry classes for at the present time concerning the dating among know-how and politics.

Drawing on large archival fabric and interviews, Medina examines the cybernetic method predicted through the Chilean government--which was once to add holistic approach layout, decentralized administration, human-computer interplay, a countrywide telex community, close to real-time keep an eye on of the growing to be commercial area, 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 an eye on panels, a wall of displays showing facts, and flashing crimson lighting to point fiscal emergencies.

Studying venture Cybersyn this present day is helping us comprehend not just the technological pursuits of a central authority in the middle of political switch but additionally the constraints of the Chilean revolution. This heritage 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 historic texts; once we learn them we're studying background.

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Edelstein Prize (2012)

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