Normalizing Soviet Cybernetics

  title={Normalizing Soviet Cybernetics},
  author={Benjamin Peters},
  journal={Information \& Culture: A Journal of History},
  pages={145 - 175}
  • Benjamin Peters
  • Published 11 April 2012
  • Art
  • Information & Culture: A Journal of History
Not many word pairs sound as exotic to the Western ear as “Soviet” and “cybernetics.” Yet this article argues that what may be most significant about the history of Soviet cybernetics—however full of fascinating figures and tales of an alternative imagination for a midcentury information society—is precisely how normal or representative the Soviet experience with cybernetics appears in the larger context of Soviet history. The article explores how the twists and turns in the Soviet experience… 

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