I just watched Susan Blackmore's video on Memes and Temes. The emergence of a third replicator, temes, that has no need for our wetware, makes the concept of "friendly mind children" anachronistic, simplistic, ludicrous. It's as if we silently passed a tipping point toward a Singularity of the Terminator/Eyeborg variety, and it's much closer than 2045.

 

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This image brought to mind the intersection of temes and  the climate change crisis.

Are temes taking over financial trading as a sudden rise of a global ecology of interacting robots that trade on markets at speeds too fast for humans?

Researchers find sudden rise of global ecology of interacting robot...

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 findings suggest that for time scales less than one second, the financial world makes a sudden transition into a cyber jungle inhabited by packs of aggressive trading algorithms. "These algorithms can operate so fast that humans are unable to participate in real time, and instead, an ultrafast ecology of robots rises up to take control," explains Neil Johnson, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami (UM), and corresponding author of the study.

"As long as you have the normal combination of prey and predators, everything is in balance, but if you introduce predators that are too fast, they create extreme events," Johnson says. "What we see with the new ultrafast computer algorithms is predatory trading. In this case, the predator acts before the prey even knows it's there."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-sudden-global-ecology-interacting-robo...

"Our findings show that, in this new world of ultrafast robot algorithms, the behavior of the market undergoes a fundamental and abrupt transition to another world where conventional market theories no longer apply," Johnson says. [emphasis mine]

"As long as you have the normal combination of prey and predators, everything is in balance, but if you introduce predators that are too fast, they create extreme events," Johnson says. "What we see with the new ultrafast computer algorithms is predatory trading. In this case, the predator acts before the prey even knows it's there."

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