ABC Evening News for Friday, May 27, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Aspects in which USSR is really only a developing nation and not superpower noted. Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : John McWethy) Status of computer revolution in USSR featured; historical film shown of Soviet workers in 1930s. [Soviet computer expert Edward MINKOVSKY - says USSR is 10-20 years behind.] Use of computers by space programs, military and inds. cited; scenes shown of large department store that uses no computers. Threat of computers to strict control of information in USSR detailed. Soviet computer club featured. [Student Kostya SHAKNOVITCH - comments on computer.] [Club president Stepan PACHIKOV - (thru translator) says three years ago, club would have been closed immediately.] [Owner of personal computer Edward MINKOVSKY - says you can't just buy computer in USSR .] Mikhail Gorbachev's call for development of computer industry noted. [Harvard Univ. Marshall GOLDMAN - says USSR can't mass-produce computers.] Gorbachev's emphasis on placing computers in hands of youth of USSR noted.
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