**Edit** After the answer by Neil Strickland, I add the word "a ring" in this new version.

In the literature, there is a concept of generalized idempotent: an n- idempotent is an element $a$ of a Banach algebra or **a ring** with $a^{n}=a$.

Can the 3 equivalent relations, Murray-Von Neumann, similarity and homotopy on 2-idempotents be generalized to n-idempotents,for arbitrary $n>2$? Does this processes gives us a useful and new type of K theory?

We know that "Vector bundles" are the topological analogy of 2-idempotents. Now what is a topological analogy for generalized idempotents?

anyexample and/or application and/or concrete motivation thqt justifies changing the question in a way that renders a perfectly correct answer irrelevant? – Mariano Suárez-Alvarez♦ Mar 27 '14 at 2:14