Ideabird 8/1/12

Algorithms run many aspects of human trade now, from Amazon and McDonalds auto-purchasing their items to wall street trading houses. Very few people know China has been secretly using them instead of bureaucrats for a while now. Until one day when a faulty line of code releases all the irrigation water in the Three Gorges Dam at once, washing away everything from Hubei province to Shanghai into the sea.

© Tony Jonick 2013