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Skynet, indeed: "The strategy behind Skynet's creation was to remove the possibility of human error and slow reaction time to guarantee a fast, efficient response to enemy attack." (Wikipedia)

If the regulators truly mean to curb HFT, they will impose the tax to those outfits directly. Too often, though, regulators are expatriates of those very outfits that need regulating, so regulators impose the tax across the board so as not to offend their former colleagues.
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