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Announcement in late January of the Ryad third-generation computer (the ES-1020) was overshadowed by the creation of a new computer agency and convening of an unprecedented conference that indicate a major intrusion of the Communist Party in attempts to resolve chronic problems of the Soviet computer industry. Elsewhere, Glushkov has calculated the number of arithmetic operations required to solve all Soviet management problems, which, interestingly, equate to precisely the output of Ryad machines projected for production. Another article speculates on the Electronika K-200, postulating a military or even a space background for this small but powerful industrial control computer. This issue initiates an occasional series of articles on the Czechoslovak computer industry with a history of the industry, beginning with the early, promising work of the 1950s to today's goal of 1000-1200 computers by 1980. Other articles deal with brain modeling, applications to legal reference work, control systems, and humanizing the computer.

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