Resource management within virtual infrastructures relies on distributed algorithms, as a result I became more and more interested in the application of computer algorithms in other areas. Today I found an English version of the multiple award winning Dutch documentary which I can finally share with my non-dutch speaking friends. The documentary reviews the flash crash on the U.S. Stock Market on May 6th 2010. In particular it explores the application of black box trading (algo-trading) and how algorithms shaped and formed the architecture of not only of the trade market institutions but also city architectures and human terraforming.
Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box (Marije Meerman, VPRO)
Sit back and be amazed.
Once viewed, view the TED presentation by Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world. Kevin Slavin zooms in some of the algorithms applied in our lives and how it affect us and our surroundings.