barry_king (barry_king) wrote,

For All Those Born Beneath an Angry Star

I read an article about how the big investment banks were buying locations near the NY Stock exchange in order to have the shortest fibre optic pipe into the trading floor, so that those microseconds of difference pay of in millions in the great horse race that defines the fate of the world's economy, and it seemed obvious to me that big money and big data are an excellent example of how the future is here now, just not distributed evenly. Not quite pissing trickling down, so to speak.

I brought it up as an example during a discussion at last years' Can-Con of real-world horror stories just waiting for the payoff. In the past year, I've seen little to dissuade me that this is a dangerous direction we've chosen to go in.

But what is SF, but a playpen no normalize us for horrors (and occasional triumphs) we have not yet fully grasped. So, without further ado, may I point you (not altruistically) in the direction of the marvellous acwise and brni's Grump's Journal, now doing service as Unlikely Story, the Cryptography Issue, where my attempt to capture some of this horror, braided in with much thinkiness about artificial intelligence and identity.

I hope you enjoy. Better still, I hope you think to make a contribution equivalent to what you would pay for a copy (or better), even though it's being offered online for free in the full spirit of open media.
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