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A description of the author's experiences as a delegate to the International Congress on Automatic Control held at Moscow, June 27-July 7, 1960. The memorandum discusses (1) certain aspects of the conference; (2) some Soviet research projects in artificial intelligence and biocybernetics; and (3) general Soviet attitudes, techniques, and directions in the cybernetic and computer-related sciences. It is concluded that Soviet research in the computer sciences lags behind Western developments, but that the gap is neither large nor based on a lack of understanding of fundamental principles. The Soviets will progress rapidly if and when priority, in terms of accessibility to computing machines, is given to their research.

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