Cybernetics and Revolution – Eden Medina

March 4th, 2009

In 1970 Chile embarked on a peaceful road to socialism under the guiding hand of President Salvador Allende (1970–73). Chile’s political experiment set the stage for an ambitious technological experiment, one that has not been attempted since. From 1971 to 1973 Chilean and British engineers, working under the direction of the pioneering British cybernetician Stafford Beer, built a computer network to help make Chile’s socialist revolution a reality. The team called the system Cybersyn. It is arguably the most ambitious application of cybernetic ideas to date. In this talk Professor Medina will present material from Cybernetic Socialism, her book-in-progress that tells the history of Project Cybersyn. She will link this historical case study to present day issues in e-governance, participatory design, and computer surveillance.

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  • 1. SWEATblog&hellip  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Eden Medina Historian of Technology – ALD10 post…

    For my Ada Lovelace Day 2010 post I would like to call attention to the work of Eden Medina, who I found in true internet fashion, by following a link which led to a link which led to a treasure…….

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