My head was spinning as I walked to the car after my conversation with James; The idea of using one’s PC to analyze and trade the market in a completely automated fashion was very appealing to me.
Why? Because Automated Trading not only provides a path to grow one’s wealth; It also presents your inner geek with the opportunity to delve into aspects of Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Inspired Algorithms (neural networks, genetic algorithms, genetic programming, reinforcement learning, fuzzy clustering, vector quantization, etc). Put more plainly: You get to play with cool stuff while earning some nice coin. It doesn’t get any better than that!
In late 1999 I was making a comfortable living running a small game development studio when I received an invitation to an impromptu “reunion lunch” (a few times per year a group of former colleagues – game programmers, designers, graphic artists, and producers – gather at a local restaurant). I figured it would be good opportunity to do some networking, so I decided to go check it out.
Quite a few people showed up and we had fun swapping stories and catching up. After a couple of hours the crowd thinned out, eventually leaving just James (a fellow game programmer) and myself sitting across from each other.