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Invent the future, not the present.

Elon Musk points out that “great differences in technology exist in the world about which even hardcore technologists are unaware.”

We see a tragic waste of effort as engineers and designers work to invent solutions to problems that have long since been solved - sometimes even within the same company! What if there was a better way to discover existing solutions and best practices, so more time can be spent on real innovation?

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Where is the future?

Marc Andreessen asked this in 2020: “We should have gleaming skyscrapers and spectacular living environments in all our best cities at levels way beyond what we have now; where are they? … Where are the supersonic aircraft? Where are the millions of delivery drones? Where are the high speed trains, the soaring monorails, the hyperloops, and yes, the flying cars?”

Is your civilization able to reboot?

You’ve got a seed vault and a code vault, but what about the knowledge to build engines, power sources, mills, vehicles, computers, factories, and more? Whether you’re recovering from a global apocalypse, colonizing a new planet, or just working to make life better on Earth, it helps to have a comprehensive technology database you can consult.

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