“Who’s the spacesuit behind the wheel?”—“That’s the Kybernaut, of course.”
– Zentrum für Netzkunst
’s Anneliese Ostertag, answering visitor questions about KYBERNET
, a programmable toy car included in the “Calculating Control” exhibition. Manufactured in East Germany in the 1970s, KYBERNET was supposed to introduce kids to the concept of cybernetics—which, at the time, was viewed as vital for the success of socialism.