The Superstitious Fund Project

"The Superstitious Fund Project" (2012) by Shing Tat Chung.

The Superstitious Fund Project

photo credit: Diego Trujillo

What will result from Technology operating with very human Characteristics? The Superstitious Fund Project is a live experiment in which an algorithm trades based on superstitious beliefs. The autonomous algorithm makes decisions based on lunar cycles and numerology. It, for example, has the fear of the number 13. The Robot also develops its own form of superstitious logic, creating lucky and unlucky values that influence its behaviour. 144 people from around the world has invested a total of £4828.88 in the fund, which will return the resulting balance back to its investors in a year's time. Now trading, the stock market board shows the current performance of the superstitious fund in real time.

The accompanying book documents the creation of the fund, which was developed with the assistance of finance professionals, fortune tellers, programmers and lawyers


Research Platform: superstitiousthoughts.com

Sponsored by Microsoft Research, GDP Capital and Embedded Adventures
Supported by MS and Trading-Gurus.com

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