[Soviet Cybernetics Review] Vol. 3, No. 3.

by Wade B. Holland

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[SCR]'s recurrent question changes to what has happened to the ES-1040--missing from the series specifications published in a minor book, translated here. Also given is the first detailed description of the Express automated railway reservation and ticket-printing system. Other features include a survey of automated control systems in Uzbekistan. A history of that topic throughout the USSR briefly describes virtually every major institute researching control theory, management theory, or related aspects of computing. One [Pravda] article catalogs difficulties with such systems; another admits that production of second-generation computers will continue. Other features discuss the computer in insurance, troop control, aircraft repair, and engineering education; the shaky legal basis of computer centers and computer-generated documents; delay in standardizing office procedures; and automated production management in a pipe plant. Such reports always claim a large "annual economic benefit," never explained. This issue includes the first and officially approved attempt to standardize the criteria; [SCR] is skeptical. 65 pp.

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