Cover: [Soviet Cybernetics : Recent News Items], No. 17.

[Soviet Cybernetics : Recent News Items], No. 17.

by D. McDonald


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Several articles in this issue discuss how economic planning is hampered by shortages of computers, desk calculators and abacuses, repairmen, and mathematical economists, by lack of coordination, and by the data problem. Economists and mathematicians spend too much time collecting raw data. The Institute of Automation and Remote Control found that 90 percent of data from the petroleum administrations was never used. An 11-page article describes the Ukrainian achievements in the algorithmization of complex production processes. Other articles discuss magnetic elements in computer engineering, cybernetics in agriculture, the ninth pneumohydroautomation conference, and the institute for designing research facilities. Yuri Gagarin's forthcoming [Psychology and Space] is excerpted. 55 pp.

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