[Soviet Cybernetics Review], Vol. 1, No. 6

by Wade B. Holland

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Noteworthy among many articles on implementing the Party Congress directives to push automation is a [Science and Technology] editorial warning against a narrow, production-oriented approach — a broad, socioeconomic approach is needed. A [Pravda] editorial recounts barriers to automated production control; a [Socialist Industry] article specifies them with unusual directness — lack of authority to match responsibility for automation, unrealistic training, little help from some advisory institutes, nondissemination of successful methods. Other articles discuss specific problems. Irkutsk is experimenting with a regionwide control/management system. Centralized territorial servicing of Minsk computers is highly successful in Riga but has not been adopted elsewhere or for other makes. The goal of 12-15,000 Ryad computers, publicized abroad, has yet to see print at home; the internal version is given. Other articles discuss information retrieval; tracking the Salyut orbital station; computer grading of written examinations and prediction of epidemics; establishment of an Administration of Scientific Instrument Construction.

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