What will result from an algorithm or robot that behaves superstitiously? The Superstitious Fund Project is a live experiment in which an uncanny trading algorithm trades on the stock market. Live for one year, £4828.88 was collected from over 50 cities around the world. The technology makes it decisions purely on superstitious beliefs – in this case in accordance with lunar cycles and numerology. It will, for example, have a fear of the number 13. The Robot also develops its own logic, developing its own lucky and unlucky values and using these as the new logic in trading.
The balance after the experiment will be redistributed back to the investors at profit or loss. The accompanying book shows how the fund was created with help and advice from finance professionals, fortune tellers, programmers and lawyers.
A Superstitious Fund
Sponsored by Microsoft Research, GDP Capital and Embedded Adventures
Supported by MS and Trading-Gurus.com
Programmers: Jim L Hunt, Yosuke Ushigome and Benedikt Grosse
Financial Advisors: Christopher Bouckley, George Potts, Takeki Fukishima and Oliver Hequet
Special thanks to Owen Wells