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In Soviet Union, Optimization Problem Solves You

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    patience_limited Link
    So I went through the article (still relevant more than 6 years after the fact, thank you) and comment thread. The one significant technological change since its submission is the presence and...

    So I went through the article (still relevant more than 6 years after the fact, thank you) and comment thread.

    The one significant technological change since its submission is the presence and ubiquity of real-time sensing devices capable of measuring adequate supply and shortage, independent of inefficiencies in market pricing.

    I can see a more accurate evolutionary production model based on these feedback mechanisms, particularly in the presence of rapid, decentralized production technologies (see Cory Doctorow's Walkaway for ideas on the "maker" society).

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      spctrvl Link Parent
      I would definitely be interested in studying the viability of a planned economy in the age of big data. It seems like with modern tech, you'd have a shot at at least matching the level of material...

      I would definitely be interested in studying the viability of a planned economy in the age of big data. It seems like with modern tech, you'd have a shot at at least matching the level of material scarcity in a market driven system, with the advantages of having an economy that was actually consciously designed, rather than arising from billions of chaotic interactions.

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        edward Link Parent
        Isn't that basically what Project Cybersyn was supposed to be?

        Isn't that basically what Project Cybersyn was supposed to be?

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        1. spctrvl Link Parent
          Basically. The Chilean coup is a tragedy of enormous magnitude, not just for all of the death and oppression suffered by the populace under the Pinochet regime, but for what it denied to the wider...

          Basically. The Chilean coup is a tragedy of enormous magnitude, not just for all of the death and oppression suffered by the populace under the Pinochet regime, but for what it denied to the wider world, which was a model for the rest of the world in democratic, cybernetic socialism.

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