Jan 1, 1972
The lead article, "Lessons from U.S. 'Electronic Boom,'" demonstrates the subtlety of the misimpressions Soviet scientists have about American technology. A well-known economist cautions against the use of the State Network of Computer Centers for long-range planning. A translation of the text of V. M. Glushkov's speech last fall before the Supreme Soviet suggests that the five-year plan, 1971-75, reflects much less official interest in computer technology than expected, judging by the Directives of the 24th CPSU Congress. Other articles describe the work of S. V. Emel'yanov and V. Utkin on variable-structure systems, for which they won the 1972 Lenin Prize; discuss the main problems the Soviet see in the development of authomated management systems: technology, software, and personnel training; and briefly examine the Chinese claim to possession of a 360-type computer.