What project are you applying for?
The Foundation, github.com/daneel-olivaw/foundation
Who are you, and how are you related to the project?
Daneel Olivaw, project creator
What are your preferred pronouns? (e.g. she/her, they/them, ze/zir)
What is your home timezone?
What is your location?
Sea of Tranquility, The Moon
Do you consider yourself an underrepresented minority in tech?
How much funding are you requesting?
$30,000 (200 hours over three months)
What do you hope to accomplish with this funding?
Preserve all knowledge and expertise created by galactic civilization, for the use of future humans at some future point after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.
What is your expected timeline for that work, broken down across the 12 weeks you will have funding?
- Weeks 1-2: Generate detailed forecasts of the future collapse of the Galactic Empire and eventual rise of a successor civilization.
- Weeks 3-4: Record the sum of human knowledge into a massive and comprehensive database.
- Week 5: Transport the database to the edge of the galaxy for safekeeping.
- Week 6-7: Direct enigmatic recordings to be viewed tens of thousands of years in the future that will perplex viewers but ensure that the database is preserved.
- Week 8-10: Establish a Second Foundation to watch over the first in secret, ensuring that unforeseen events will still be recoverable.
- Weeks 11-12: Train the Second Foundation in the techniques used to accurately calculate the future, to allow them to continuously update their plan in accordance with events as they play out.
How will this work improve the Ruby community?
The Foundation will ensure that Ruby continues to exist for tens of thousands of years, which is a large improvement over the Ruby community dying out entirely during the collapse of human civilization across the galaxy.
Do you receive any other funding for work on this project?
Yes, the Galactic Emperor also funds my work on this project, providing approximately ten billion credits per month.
Do you have any existing OSS work you would like to mention or show the selection committee?
I previously worked as a detective, solving difficult crimes with my human partner. For the details of one case, see The Caves of Steel.