Sunday, May 09, 2010

Fat Finger?

On May 6th, tech, combined with a possible Fat Finger, caused Wall Street to drop, for a short time, nearly 1000 points. The interesting part of this story lies with the fact the powers at be don't know how it happened.

When complexity reaches a certain level vis a vis digital systems, predicting what the system will do in certain instances becomes mysterious. When applied to weapons, lack of predictability can become deadly. 
Deus ex Machina doesn't live here anymore... 
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