Before street lamps, even before the invention of fire, our ancestors had to make their way at night with nothing but the light from the moon and stars. The need to know what’s out there and what’s happening resonates at a primal level, and so often, all we’ve been able to do is guess.
Most of us have had encounters with Cats, Racoons, or Foxes late at night, and seen the way their eyes glow, flashing brightly even in total darkness. That “eye shine” does indeed allow animals to see better in the darkness, and it comes from a layer of tissue in the eyes called the Tapetum Lucidum. That translates as “Tapestry of Light.” That is our inspiration.
We humans do not have a tapetum lucidum of our own. What we do have is a World Wide Web with over one million terabytes of data, and the science and technology to make sense of it and obtain more of it. We’re now in a position where we can do a lot better than just guess what’s happening in the world around us. We aspire to leverage the state of the art, and be at the forefront of a revolution in how people get informed.