CYBERNETICS AND ITS DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOVIET UNION
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The report is an introduction to the subject of cybernetics, with special reference to its origins and ramifications in the United States and its subsequent development in the Soviet Union. As a survey document only, it was prepared to provide a non-scientific audience with sufficient background to facilitate appreciation of the potential impact of cybernetics on science and society. As in the United States, scientific research, military applications, economic planning, education, industry, etc., are affected by developments in cybernetics. Following a brief introduction, the report traces the birth of cybernetics and sketches its early development and its growth and emergence in the West. Soviet cybernetics is also examined.