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Monday, April 06, 2009

So its been forever since I updated this blog. As a brief form of catchup, in mid 07 we sold AgentArts to FAST Search and Transfer which was then sold to MSFT. As part of this deal I was required to stay until the start of 09.

In mid Jan I left MSFT and have spent the last little while resting, exercising, enjoying being at home and working on starting my new business.

For the last few years I have been very interested in data visualisation, complex systems, physical computing and of course data mining. Taking the work I had done at AgentArts, which was the backend data mining side of things, I had been interested in looking at the more user facing side of data exploration and discovery.

To cut a longer story short, I am starting a Data Visualisation studio based in Melbourne focused on creating interactive data visualisations inspired by nature.

To a degree this is, again, ahead of the curve, but the trends underlying the need for better ways for people to make sense of massive complex data while taking advantage of the technology improvements point strongly to data visualisation being a growth area.

I'm also going to try to post to this blog again, if only to try and refind my writing voice.

The new business is called Flink Labs. The website is at

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Playground Finder Flink Labs - Data Visualisation

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.

Downloads etc
The Best Bagel Recipe ever
iTunes XML structure
Photo of some of my best Panetones

Neuron EcoSystem
Flink Labs
oskartex.comOskar Tex
JasmineJasmine Aurora
Playground Finder


ben at neuronwave dot com