-Context 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 11.3 Automation, Globalization, and Outsourcing 8.4 The Network Advantage Chapter/Section

Faster than the Speed of Money

NPR’s Radiolab is radio at its best—entertaining, informative, provocative. This episode will change the way you think about time and speed. One segment reveals the surprising truth about the relative speeds of the human nervous system and the Internet, and the a critical role of speed in today’s computer-controlled financial marketplace.
If you don’t understand how the stock market works, you’re not alone. The market has developed a digital mind of its own, and in many ways it’s beyond human comprehension. The blog that accompanies that story includes some dazzling animated visualizations.

-Context 10.3 Security, Privacy, Freedom, and Ethics 10.6 Inventing the Future: Evolving Technology, Evolving Security

Cyber Security: When Does Defense Become Offensive?

In his state of the union message President Obama explained that he was issuing executive orders to deal with cyber threats to government and business. He also encouraged congress to enact legislation. But as this NPR story explains, the problem may require a more aggressive approach that’s complicated by the fact that our information infrastructure is mostly owned by private businesses.