An AttentionFuturesMarket is a special case of an InformationDerivativeMarket.

As discussed on that page, futures markets can be used to efficiently pool communal knowledge to answer questions. Not just questions about the future price of a commodity, but any sort of question. Some kinds of questions that markets have been asked include "who will win the next election?", "what will the weather be on tuesday?", "which movies will sell the most tickets?".

One type question that you may ask the market is, "What are people paying attention to? What will they be paying attention to in the future?".

In order to answer that question, create a market of securities whose value is tied someone to the amount of collective attention that is being paid (or that should be paid) to an item.



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