But then in the early hours of the morning, while he lies asleep with his wife, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of their lakeside house. So begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him. His quest forces him to confront the deepest questions of what it is to be human. By the time night falls over Geneva, the financial markets will be in turmoil and Hoffmann's world – and ours – transformed forever.
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Von Christoph Meyer Am hilfreichsten 14.01.2012
the new HAL 9000
"Fear is probably the strongest human emotion, period. Whoever woke at four in the morning because they were feeling happy?"
A scenario Arthur C. Clarke staged 1968 in "2001: A Space Odyssey" with his HAL 9000 - now adapted for a hedge fund's supercomputer VIXAL-4. Leaving just the automated delta hedgings the cunning AI is implementing Darwin's theories and gets rid of his master ... A terrific page-turner, entertaining and enlightening! Don't let computers act too independently. A good fit to another book i'm currently reading: Scott Patterson (2010): "The Quants - How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It" - for those who want to know more about Hedge Funds and the search for "The Truth" in Financial Markets or those who find some descriptions about the Quants too exaggerated - they certainly are not!
And a delightful audiobook. Best one I heard in quite a while!
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