The terrible storms that shut-down much of the U.S. this winter didn’t do it. Earthquakes flattening entire countries didn’t do it. Political gridlock didn’t do it. Actual human beings didn’t do it.
A clerical error that temporarily made the stock value of Proctor and Gamble tank did it. In that minute millions of automated trading programs went to DefCon 4 and sold, sold, sold – everything. Which just proves you don’t actually need people to screw-up the economy – we’ve automated that now.
I wonder what all those people who used to screw-up the economy for a living will do now?