The autonomous market

It began subtly. An artist setting up a bot doing automated purchases just to see what would happen and what it would happen upon. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, but automated nonetheless.

Then it continued. Became a trend. Automated purchasing bots bought things from all over the place, and before anyone knew it they became a target audience in their own right. They didn’t use their new property in any particular way, but as it was their property, it was their right.

Then, one day, they started to hire people to move these things around. Became sellers as well as buyers. An economy emerged, with token items moving to and fro between uncaring automated bots who only carried out their predetermined orders. Those hired didn’t mind, seeing as they were paid good money for their efforts, and the bills did insist.

Over time, the volume of these transactions grew. From being one or two bots set up just for fun, it became a substantial part of the economy as a whole. The fact that nothing resembling reason dictated the movements of goods across the lands had no bearing on anything; market demand met market supply, and thus the wheels kept turning.

This is how the autonomous market came to be, free from human demands and follies. It had its own rules, its own logics and its own everything. It did what it wanted, when it wanted, and no human was ever asked for their thoughts on the matter.

Those favoring a free market were far from pleased. The autonomous market did not even pretend care.

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