6th December 2014
C1.18 (The Pavilion), University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6UW London
Cybersalon, in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and Spring invites you to a special set of events.
The Socialist President Salvador Allende was elected to power in Chile in 1970, and embarked upon a series of radical reforms to Chilean society and the economy. As an alternative to a Soviet style centrally planned economy, Allende’s government instead looked for another route through which to replace the market.
At the heart of this strategy was Project CYBERSYN, a prototype internet system designed to link together the needs of the economy via a cybernetic ‘central nervous system’ devised by British cyberneticist, Stafford Beer.
Building on the insights of Norbert Wiener, the founding father of cybernetics, Stafford’s vision entailed a radical experiment in grass-roots networking. Aiming to directly involve workers at all levels of production and distribution in the organic management of the economy, Project CYBERSYN reached an advanced prototype stage before the network’s destruction in the military coup led by Augusto Pinochet on September 11th, 1973.
Raul Espejo – Former Operational Director of Project CYBERSYN. Currently he is Director-General of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, Director of Syncho Ltd, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Santiago.
Nathaniel Tkacz is an Australian media theorist and Assistant Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at The University of Warwick. Currently he is PI on the ESRC-funded project ‘Interrogating the Dashboard: Data, Indicators and Decision-making’. His most recent book is Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness (The University of Chicago Press).
– Senior Lecturer, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and author, Imaginary Futures: thinking machines to the global village.
This event is hosted by the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster
- P2P Foundation – Cybersyn
- Cybernetic Revolutionaries
- Eden Medina’s lecture on her book, Cybernetic Revolutionaries.
- Allende’s Socialist Internet
- Santiago Dreaming
- Project Cybersyn: Chile 2.0 in 1973
- Cybernetics and “The Will of the People”
- What is Cybernetics?
- Recreation of the Cybersyn OpsRoom
- Stafford Beer, Brain Of The Firm (2nd edition)
- Stafford Beer, Platform for Change
- Stafford Beer, The Heart of Enterprise