Herculean Public Works Never Undertaken

The Soviet OGAS, Continental Hydrology, and NAWAPA

by Diego Ramiro Lattes & Serban V.C. Enache

 

The Soviet OGAS, or ASAS in English (All-State Automated System), was never fulfilled. The project began to see its earliest iteration in 1963, when Glushkov began to study state farms, mines, and industrial plants alongside every administrative facet of the Soviet system – from the lowest to the highest authority – to determine how the emerging computing technologies could be best used for the benefit of the nation. Continue reading “Herculean Public Works Never Undertaken”

China’s Africa

by Serban V.C. Enache

The violence and propaganda of the 20th century left us with a certain way of looking at things. That world affairs orbit around superpowers in their quest for dominance over various parts of the globe. Spheres of influence are carved out by tanks and guns, economic sanctions, coups – but also through diplomacy, material and financial aid, and cultural exports. Continue reading “China’s Africa”