a network of telex machines (Cybernet) in state-run enterprises that would transmit and receive information with the government in Santiago.
Information from the field would be fed into statistical modeling software (Cyberstride) that would monitor production indicators, such as raw material supplies or high rates of worker absenteeism,
in "almost" real time, alerting the workers in the first case and, in abnormal situations, if those parameters fell outside acceptable ranges by a very large degree, also the central government.
The information would also be input into economic simulation software (CHECO, for CHilean ECOnomic simulator) that the government could use to forecast the possible outcome of economic decisions.
Finally, a sophisticated operations room (Opsroom) would provide a space where managers could see relevant economic data, formulate feasible responses to emergencies, and transmit advice and directives to enterprises and factories in alarm situations by using the telex network.
Reading about Project Cybersyn and wondering why we, with incredibly better technology than they had in 1970, have such relatively paltry ambitions about putting it to use for the common good.— mtraven (@mtraven) July 28, 2021
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