The project was a complete farce. As the filmmaker notes the “control room” from which policymakers were supposed to ensure that the economy was functioning had no ability to give outputs — it was just a place to sit and watch. The Cybersyn program really had very little control ability at all, rather it gave policymakers the illusion of omniscience. And why did they need such an illusion? Simple. Because the maniacal economic policies enacted by the Allende government were tearing the country apart.
Heard about project Cybersyn?— Chiekh Ọláṣùpọ̀ Amodou Ajia 🇸🇳🇸🇳 (@idrismonsur) August 5, 2021
No, this isn't from the set of a Star Trek film shoot. This is a picture of the 'opsroom' of project Cybersyn, conceived of by the Salvador Allende govt in Chile, to assist with the planning of what you could call an anarchic economic system. pic.twitter.com/PCBQbbOWC2
The result is a novel that is much more fun to talk about after you’ve finished reading it than it is to read.
But now, neuroscientists are directly measuring the neurons whose firing rates encode value and produce our choices. We know a lot more about the neuroscience of human motivation than you might think. Now we can peer directly into the black box of human motivation, and begin (dimly) to read our own source code