I love grand ideas. The All Species Foundation is a really admirable, grand idea:
The ALL Species Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the complete inventory of all species of life on Earth within the next 25 years - a human generation. To describe and classify all of the surviving species of the world deserves to be one of the great scientific goals of the new century. In applied science, this completion of the Linnaean enterprise is needed for effective conservation practices, and for impact studies of environmental change.
When technologists devise these sort of great ideas, I think that it's often because they're drawn to the technical challenges involved. How would we count all those species? How would we keep track of them? What happens if we find a new one? So, they're strong on system infrastructure, but maybe not so strong on people infrastructure. Like artists, every big-idea member of digerati needs a good manager.
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