The Superstitious Fund Project
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Recently Graduated from MA Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London and Slade School of Fine Art. Living and working in London. Currently researching, designing, making things and talking about technology and futures.

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B.Nottingham UK 1986 / Working in London

2010-12 MA Design Interactions/ Royal College of Art, London
2006-10 BA Fine Art / Slade School of Fine Art, London
2008-09 Fine Art / Frankfurt HbFK Staedelschule, Germany
2005-06 Foundation / Loughborough School of Art & Design


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The Superstitious Fund Project

The Superstitious Fund is an investment fund - one that is run by a superstitious trading algorithm or Robot named 'Sid'. As a live experiment, the robot trades as a one year experiment based on superstitious beliefs. The autonomous algorithm makes decisions based on lunar cycles and numerology, and also develops its own form of superstitious logic, creating lucky and unlucky values that influence its behaviour. Sid, for example, is afraid of full moons and the number 13. He is active and trades regularly and autonomously Monday to Friday.

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 - refreshing its data every eight seconds. The Robot 'buys' or 'sells' when a superstitious indicator appears, such as the number 13.

The accompanying publication contains the processes behind the creation of the fund. Whilst it also explains the background and research around Superstitions and its affect on the world we live in.

Sponsored by GDP Capital and LED matrix displays by Embedded Adventures
Supported by Microsoft Research and

Programming: Jim L Hunt, Yosuke Ushigome, Benedikt Grosse.
Finance Advisors: Christopher Bouckley / Caliburn Capital Partners, Takeki Fukushima / UBS Securities, George Potts / GDP Capital and Oliver Hequet.
Special Thanks to Owen Wells
Photography by Diego Trujillo and Shing Tat Chung