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The needle in the haystack
This is my site Written by matan on April 19, 2010 – 8:36 am

“If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search.  I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.”

– Nikola Tesla

Have you ever wondered about that old cliché, “Trying to find a needle in a haystack”?  First, why would you hunt for a needle in a haystack?  Secondly, how would you even go about doing it?

What if you didn’t even know what kind of needle you were looking for?  What if there’s more than one haystack?  What if the needle was in pieces, and you had to put it together from several different haystacks?

Welcome to the Information Revolution.  If you’ve used Google lately, you know what I mean.  Type in practically any string of words, and there are pages of results.  How do you know what’s relevant?  Is the link actually valuable or is it some relic dredged up from 1998?  Is the author credible, or just another shyster living in his grandma’s basement, taking a break from World of Warcraft?  In other words, how do you know that what looks like a piece of your needle really isn’t just a shiny piece of hay?

As if it wasn’t difficult enough, there is no clear and universal method, and the metrics for success are ambiguous—and incredibly personal.

Now, what if a computer could actually do the legwork for you and make your life easier, like it’s supposed to do?  What if we could go beyond another decision engine like Bing, or a recommendation engine like Amazon and other companies use?  What if I told you it was already in the works?

It’s code-named the Tikali Project, and it’s one of the first “Wisdom Management” systems out there.  Interested?  Just keep an eye out for the public beta.  It will be premiering soon.

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