[sl4] Is the Global Stockmarket a neural network?

From: Petter Wingren-Rasmussen (petterwr@gmail.com)
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 08:46:16 MDT

After reading Simulation, Consciousness,
Moravec. I started thinking about possible neural networks that already
exists, outside of brains and computers..

I think the Global stockmarket can be viewed as a neural network. Comparing
it to the brain:

1. The brains neurons often fires several times rapidly when firing -
several stocks are bought and sold at once at the stockmarket.
2. EEG patterns in a healthy brain are predictable in the short term - same
is true for short term stock prices.
3. Neurons in the brain often fires because of stimulation from other
neurons, or cease or refrain from firing due to inhibition from other
neurons - similar effects happen in the stockmarket, where buying and
selling is influenced in similar ways.
4. The brain has been estimated to contain 100 billion neurons - I dont know
how many companies are registered on the stockmarket in total or how many
persons that are actively buying and selling on it.. (hard to find a precise
analogy for neurons here..)

Any thoughts on this?

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