Sid, the superstitious Trading Robot

Gepostet vor 4 Jahren, 9 Monaten in #Misc #Art #Economy #Money

Share: Twitter Facebook Mail

Sing Tat Chung hat zusammen mit Bankern, Wahrsagern und Codern einen Fonds auf die Beine gestellt, der mit Sid, dem abergläubischen Investment-Bot das Geld von 155 Leuten (die rund 5000 Pfund zusammen einzahlten) an der Börse aufgrund von übernatürlichen Regeln investieren wird. Bei Preisen verkaufen, die die Ziffer 13 enthalten und solche Sachen. I love this! Von BBC Future:

The fund works like this: stock trades are carried out by an Automated Trading System (colloquially, a “robot”), which is a computer program that buys, sells or holds stocks based on a set of specifications encoded into the program’s governing algorithm. The code for Chung’s experiment was written by Jim Hunt, who runs a firm called Trading Gurus, and together with Chung they named it “Sid the Superstitious Robot”. (They also decided to make the source code completely transparent and free to download.)

Like many investment models, Sid is an automated speculator. But whereas other algorithms might take action based, for instance, on a stock’s recent performance or the price of oil, the criterion for this program are lunar phases and the affection and disaffection people have for certain numbers. “I wanted it to operate based on human characteristics,” Chung says.

Sid won’t buy anything on the 13th of the month, and steers clear of buying or selling any stock if its value happens to have a 13 in it. As for lunar phases, Chung explains with a hint of pride that the algorithm finds a new moon to be “good”, whereas a full moon is very, very bad. “The closer the moon is to being full, the more it effects us,” Chung says. So as the full moon approaches, the robot – instead of starting to grow claws and thick brown hair – sells more, as if it is nervous about the moon’s impact on multinational corporations and the decision-making capabilities of senior management. If you’re wondering how this automated yet temperamental trader handles an eclipse, one word: sell.

And get this: the robot’s beliefs evolve. People are constantly seeing correlations in the world and interpreting them as patterns that they can or should act upon. Sid also generates new, albeit irrational, beliefs and acts on them.

Superstitious Fund: Too mystic to fail

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Dadaras Tree made from Money
Bitcoin Vending Machine
Electrochemical Currency Exchange
Irish Artist builds a Home from 1,6 Billion shredded Euro
Exchanghibition Bank @ Occupy Amsterdam & Burning Man
Shredding Money in the Name of Art
Dadaras Art of turning Art into Money
Guerilla Banking: Money as Art as Money

Deep Dreaming an Art Archive

Tolle Installation des türkischen Künstlers Refik Anadol, der eine künstliche Intelligenz und ihr Machine Learning auf das Archiv des SALT…

Lou Reeds „Walk On The Wild Side“ is transphobic

I'll leave this here without comment (yet): Is Walk on the Wild Side transphobic? Student group issues apology after playing…

Neural Network dreams of riding a Train

Tolle Arbeit von Damien Henry: Ein Neural Network, ein sogenannter „prediction algorithm“, der Frames eines Videos „errät“, ausgehend vom jeweils…

Burning Banks

Alex Shaeffer malt seit Occupy Wallstreet gerne brennende Banken. Die Motive sind großartig, die Pinsel-Technik wackelt noch manchmal, aber okay.…

Bass Box Bounce Machine

Schöne neue Spielerei von Dmitry Morozov, 'ne Installation aus Kupferrohren, in denen Kugeln rumrollen und auf 'nen Subwoofer rumdotzen. Sowas…

Predictive Policing for Banksters

Schönes Ding von Sam Lavigne, Predictive Policing für Wirtschaftskriminalität im Finanzsektor, 'ne Robocop-App für Bankster. White Collar Crime Risk Zones…

DIY-Action-Figures on Hustler-Magazines

Tolle neue Custom-Toy-Serie von Sucklord aus Brooklyn, Actionfiguren auf Hustlers, Playboys und whatnot: „SUCPANELZ: Sex and Drugs – Found Action…

Bronze Girl stares down Wall Street Bull

Eigentlich toll: Vor dem Stier an der Wall Street steht heute zum Weltfrauentag die Bronzestatue eines „Fearless Girl“, dass sich…

Electronic Music generated with Blood

Hübsche Installation von Dmitry Morozov, der einen Synth und den algorithmischen Klangerzeuger darin mit Batterien betreibt, die mit seinem eigenen…

Typo-Portrait of Trump made from sexist and bigoted statements painted on white washed Dollars

Nice one from Conor Collins: „My portrait of @realDonaldTrump made with his sexist, ignorant and bigoted statements, painted onto a…


Cool Light/Sound-Installation by Playmodes „that explores relationships between space, time and perception.“ It's actually just a bunch of LED-Tubes synched…