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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Dr Michael Pryke: Money’s eyes - seeing risks and opportunities in global financial markets

5th December 2007, 17:15, Leech Hall, St John's College

How do the agents of global finance see risks and opportunities amongst the avalanche of numbers they face on a daily basis?

While the growing availability of market data has benefits it also creates problems, most especially those relating to questions of meaning, judgment and intervention: how to make sense of these flows – how to see the ‘market’, its futures and thus act pre-emptively. One solution to this cluster of problems is said to reside in the development of new technologies of representation, in particular, the design and application of visualisation software.

Such software is being introduced not only to enable better visual imagination of and interaction with markets, but also to help visualise new financial products; that is, the software equips the agents of global finance to better track and act in relation to the seemingly abstract movements of modern financial markets.

This lecture explores how many financial agents are now turning to the latest forms of visualisation software to improve impaired vision and speculates on some of the implications of the growing place of visualisation software in the preparation and workings of some of the key global financial markets.

Dr. Pryke is a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the Open University. He is an IAS Fellow during Michaelmas term 2007.


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