"Cybernetics and its Development in the Soviet Union" -- a 1964 overview of Soviet advances in cybernetics drafted for the US Air Force. ("cybernetics" is basically what we could call the study of systems and feedback today, it was the "deep learning" buzzword of the 1950s and 60s)


I've long maintained that RAND Corporation is the most fascinating of the cold war think tanks, criminally under-researched and under-reported. Going through these boxes of RAND documents only strengthens that belief

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Here's a 1965 RAND report demonstrating a conversational interface with an algebraic processing system. They determine that a conversational user interface vastly improves usability in their tests.

Full PDF: rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs

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ah, if only they realized that in the future (i.e., now) computers imitate not real humanity but cartoon humanity, and for every misunderstood/malformed text command they will now say "Whaaaa?" like Professor Farnsworth

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