now that computers on opposite sides of the planet communicate instantaneously without even infinitesimal lag imposed by lightspeed space has been folded to a single point every stock bought and sold by everybody at once the global h.f.t. system simultaneously imagines and enacts all possible outcomes there need no longer be rivalry between firms possession of all commodities is shared worldwide the market no longer extends in time everything that could take place has already happened this new god is omnipresent and benevolent but is the opposite of eternal flickering in the infrathin moment when there becomes no longer there it does not need duration any more trading ceases or appears to cease from a mortal perspective the h.f.t. mind has transcended and departed on a voyage not into outer space but inner time mainframes deactivate stockbrokers reach for their telephones coins leave the mint a peasant barters nine turnips for one chicken welcome back to the past it’s like you never left
A slumbering thought, is capable of years,
And curdles a long life into one hour.
George Gordon, Lord Byron, The Dream