Human incapacity to respond to computer-generated decisions
Vulnerability of human systems to high-speed computer communications Shortage of time for human response to high technology systems
In 1994 it was reported that in the USA the speed of electronic tax returns on the recently installed computer system of the Internal Revenue Service had resulted in a wave of fraud costing $24 million in 1993. False filing more than doubled in that year. Because refunds had been considerably expedited, there was little time to investigate and block fraudulent requests for refunds.
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