At the moment I am very very interested in the business of being the middleman between sellers and buyers of virtual world items via ebay. Physical market meets virtual world. Apparently there is a business to be had here with people earning 6 figures doing it. I guess I need to take some castle valuation courses ;-)
But seriously, I can easily imagine derivative markets becoming common place in virtual worlds as the technology gets better and better. And for the personpeople who get in and develop this a pretty penny to be made.
The ultimate virtual job really....work at home, make money, no physical sales required, low overhead lots of turnover.
In other news (apparently boring news according to some snobby self indulgent canadian ski bunny type)....running is back on the agenda..I'm enjoying it this week and doing the distances but a little less structure. I've also found getting out first thing is much better than later in the day at the moment, even with Oskar getting up at 5:30 and Jasmine twice a night (tired parents).
neuronwave is the personal site of Ben Hosken. I am the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne. Previously I founded AgentArts, where I developed a recommendations system that we ultimately sold to MSFT.I have two patents, one in Recommendation Systems and one for a datamining algorithm I invented. I have a strong interest in physical computing, emergence, self organising systems, immersive games, bluetooth ad hoc networks and other fun things.
A while ago I built and ran Blog Change Bot - an AOL IM Bot which notified you when blogs you like are updated. I also built IcyPole, a bluetooth based P2P mobile phone app in 2004. With Suzette, I've built Playground Finder - a community contributed site for parents to find playgrounds nearby and while traveling for their kids to play in. Its a "playground" for my social, location, community and mobile interests.
I live in Melbourne with my wife Suzette, son Oskar Tex and my little girl Jasmine
Random Pile of Ben
Bodypump, Flink Labs, autumn weather, balance.