We are drowning in information while still starving for wisdom
It was 1996 and I was studying physics, strongly interested in creating hardware-based projects connected with the internet. As a member of the scientific society, we decided to build an autonomous weather station. Back then, there was no Arduino or other really simple solutions but we had some experience in reading humidity, temperature, and a few others but we also knew there were similar projects done before by other students. My idea was to find out more about what they did before us, to adapt our approach to reach the highest result by avoiding mistakes done by those before us.
Simple meteo station — few meters of wire, few sensors, battery, a box with defined size and protection to cover the sensors and deliver optimal working conditions.
It was 1996 and as I couldn’t reach out to the other projects easily, I knew that we are somehow wasting our time by:
- Learning things and generate a solution, that the other found before us,
- Pick the wrong approach to fulfill the need, waste the time, waste the potential of the team we formed,
- Spend a substantial amount of money with a high risk of delivering something that could be better.
What if we could make our device and share the approach with the others. They might want to copy what we did, or they already have their own ideas on how to make it work and they will analyze our approach. They might find better resolution in our approach or they will find their solution is superior.
I would love to understand my worst solution. This way I would learn how it should be done correctly. I might learn that my approach was genius and take kudos from someone else. Maybe even a work proposal, cooperate with the other team
What if we could read in detail about similar projects done before our, foreseen, modify the roadmap to achieve more, learn more, inspire some people from the team.
After all, we are working on something we like or something we find important to be resolved. Any information extending the original plan will be for us a chance to look at the idea from someone else’s perspective.
So this is 2021–25 years later, and there is no solution that can answer this problem in an efficient and systematic way. How is it possible? People ask the same questions again and again.
Let’s assume that 30% of those are technical types. With an average number of 4.500 students per year, in plus-minus 20.000 universities, and an average of 4 years of study, we have 108 million technical students globally.
Imagine that 15% of students in each year are interested in working on side projects, there are 16milion young researchers who actively gather information, resolve non-mandatory tasks, construct machines, software, algorithms, models, etc.
They have passions, they look for knowledge. They google for leads, find information that is not completely correct, misleading, or they are even discouraged from the failures of others. Most of those results are not signed by a real person so the misinformation is something we cannot even slow down, not mentioning stop.
We utilize their time and energy on going through this useless process.
Our idea is to stop this entropy. To deliver an easy to use, platform, a solution that is able to recognize relations in between the information, a solution that rewards best solution creators.