Some claim that human behaviors are just algorithmic responses developed over past 70,000 years or so. Now, armed with data that we are casually scattering around, machine-based algorithms outperform human brains in most areas already, and such evolution will continue.
In 1904 a Moroccan Berber brigand named Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli—along with a gang of bully boys—kidnapped an American businessman named Ion Hanford Perdicaris. Raisuli demanded $70,000 ransom—$1,842,105.26 in 2014 dollars. Theodore Roosevelt was president at the time, and, in the eyes of the world, he was carrying a "big stick."