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The Mechanical Mind in History$
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Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

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Santiago Dreaming

Santiago Dreaming

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(p.212) (p.213) 9 Santiago Dreaming
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The Mechanical Mind in History
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Andy Beckett

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.003.0009

This chapter tells the story of how in the early 1970s the Allende administration in Chile engaged Stafford Beer (1926–2002) to design and develop a revolutionary electronic communication system in which voters, workplaces, and the government were to be linked together by a kind of “socialist internet.” This was known as Project Cybersyn, and nothing like it had been tried before, or has been tried since.

Keywords:   Chile, Stafford Beer, electronic communication system, socialist internet, Project Cybersyn

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