Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, September 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#36 of 27,684)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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news
18 news outlets
blogs
7 blogs
twitter
573 tweeters
facebook
59 Facebook pages
googleplus
70 Google+ users
reddit
6 Redditors

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mendeley
85 Mendeley
citeulike
3 CiteULike
Title
Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time
Published in
Scientific Reports, September 2013
DOI 10.1038/srep02627
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Authors

Neil Johnson, Guannan Zhao, Eric Hunsader, Hong Qi, Nicholas Johnson, Jing Meng, Brian Tivnan, Johnson N, Zhao G, Hunsader E, Qi H, Meng J, Tivnan B

Abstract

Society's techno-social systems are becoming ever faster and more computer-orientated. However, far from simply generating faster versions of existing behaviour, we show that this speed-up can generate a new behavioural regime as humans lose the ability to intervene in real time. Analyzing millisecond-scale data for the world's largest and most powerful techno-social system, the global financial market, we uncover an abrupt transition to a new all-machine phase characterized by large numbers of subsecond extreme events. The proliferation of these subsecond events shows an intriguing correlation with the onset of the system-wide financial collapse in 2008. Our findings are consistent with an emerging ecology of competitive machines featuring 'crowds' of predatory algorithms, and highlight the need for a new scientific theory of subsecond financial phenomena.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 6%
Netherlands 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
Spain 2 2%
Switzerland 2 2%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Germany 1 1%
Lithuania 1 1%
Chile 1 1%
Other 6 7%
Unknown 61 72%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 21 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 24%
Student > Master 11 13%
Other 10 12%
Professor 8 9%
Other 15 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 19 22%
Social Sciences 12 14%
Computer Science 11 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 13%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 7 8%
Other 25 29%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 768. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 January 2017.
All research outputs
#2,482
of 7,418,135 outputs
Outputs from Scientific Reports
#36
of 27,684 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#43
of 130,814 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Scientific Reports
#2
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