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Occupy strategies from Oakland to NYC
Tarek El Diwany and his conversion to Islamic Economics
Sean Devlin writes approximately resistance within the Philippines
Walkout fallout at Harvard
#Occupy Chicago
Mongolia’s progressive lumpenproletariat
China wrestles with 1.3 billion desires
Nadim Fetaih explores Canada’s unrecognizable future
Planting for the worldwide Spring …

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Wrote Wiener, We had dreamed for years of an institution of independent scientists, working together in one of these backwoods of science, not as subordinates of some great executive officer, but joined by the desire, indeed by the spiritual necessity, to understand the region as a whole, and to lend one another the strength of that understanding. We had agreed on these matters long before we had chosen the field of our joint investigations and our respective parts in them. 31 As a mathematician, Wiener worked to devise statistical methods for determining the future course of an airplane based on its location and motion.

If the Soviets invaded, he wrote, he could expect That my life would necessarily become small, a gear with its place on a certain axle of the Communist machine. Perhaps only a tooth on the gear. . That my mind would no longer be my own, but a tool carefully shaped by the descendants of Pavlov. That I would lose my identity. That I would lose my will. 1 Some fifty years later, and more than a decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Brand’s fears might appear overwrought. But for Brand and other members of his generation in the late 1950s, the possibility of a Soviet attack felt very real.

54 Before the system was deployed in 1958, the SAGE project would train an entire generation of computer engineers, scientists, and technicians. 55 As they created the military-industrial-academic infrastructure out of which individualized and networked computing would emerge, these engineers, along with their colleagues on the ICBM and Polaris projects and on dozens of other military command-and-control system development projects, brought with them not only a habit of entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary collaboration, but also the discourse of cybernetics and systems theory and the computational metaphor on which it depended.

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