Robots Take Over

September 11, 2013

Recently, the global financial market experienced a series of computer glitches that abruptly brought operations to a halt. One reason for these "flash freezes" may be the sudden emergence of mobs of ultrafast robots, which trade on the global markets and operate at speeds beyond human capability, thus overwhelming the system. The appearance of this "ultrafast machine ecology" is documented in a new study published on September 11 in Nature Scientific Reports. The study is titled 'Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time.' Co-authors are Guannan Zhao, who was a post-doctoral student at UM when the work was completed; Hong Qi and Jing Meng, Ph.D students at the Physics Department at UM, Nicholas Johnson, volunteer in Physics Department at UM; Eric Hunsader, founder and CEO of  Nanex LLC, and Dr. Brian Tivnan, Chief Engineer at The MITRE Corporation.

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