Automated Futures juxtaposes Wall Street’s high-speed fiber optic cable against the decaying industrial economy of America’s rust belt. The film documents a privately owned high-speed fiber optic cable that runs between Chicago and New York City. This cable is used primarily for the algorithmic high frequency trading practices of hedge funds and investment banks. It runs directly through the rust belt—towns like La Porte, Elkhart, Toledo, Cleveland, Mesopotamia, and Manahoy City. As such, it’s a paradigmatic example of the disjunction between the interests of high finance and the decaying industrial economy.
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