This issue includes a historical curiosity: the 1953 polemic from [Problems of Philosophy] denouncing cybernetics as a misanthropic imperialist pseudoscience, "the tool in the cold war against Pavlov. . . doomed to failure even before the downfall of imperialism." Over 500 more computer centers and 650 new automated systems are scheduled for 1974. Over 500 organizations, representing over 100 ministries and departments, are contributing to the Unified System of Classification and Coding, although the electrical engineering, machine tool, and ferrous metallurgy ministries have not provided production classifiers. The CPSU Central Committee has criticized the Ministry of Ferrous Metallurgy for not implementing automation. Delays are also reported from Belorussia, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere. The first textile automation is held up by lack of hardware. Other articles call for cost accounting of control systems; admire Robotron production in Dresden; describe the ideal (automated) household manager; recount the need for instructors in legal cybernetics; and give a sixtieth birthday biography of control system expert B. N. Petrov. 49 pp.
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