Can't believe I had never heard of Project Cybersyn:
It was a fascinating, prescient attempt at using a computer network to develop self-regulating factories, complete with Star Trek-looking control room. In Chile. In 1973.
According to Wikipedia, it allowed the Allende government to still guarantee food transport to Santiago using only 200 trucks, when 40000 drivers were striking.
The project was dismantled by the Pinochet regime. Visionary approach aside, it doesn't look like Cybersyn was staying true to its self-organized ideal.
"The design looked more like bureaucratic centralisation of control via bottom up reporting and top-down direction. Workers were expected to perform processes and use resources in the ways that had been modelled and planned. Any significant deviation from was to be reported upwards, and corrective directives were to be cascaded downwards."
@ricardojmendez I heard about it in this podcast (worth listening) https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/project-cybersyn/
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