The app is finally out. It's taken us far longer than we expected, but there was never any doubt in our minds that this moment would arrive. We were always committed to getting across the finish line and invested additional personal resources to make it happen.
The app is available on all versions of iOS 4.3 and up (not including the un-released beta version of iOS 7). That means that it should work on all iPads and almost all iPhones. It's tiny on the iPhone 4… we've looked, but if that's how you would like to read it, you have that option.
You can download the app on iTunes.
There are so many people that we want to thank…
First of all, we want to thank you. This was not a typical project. An app that paints a big picture of the issues that could impact the survival and development of our species is not a standard Kickstarter project. Especially when you add on that we wanted to give it away for free and license it under the Creative Commons. Thank you for helping us give this away. Secondly, it took us far too long. We would never assume patience on your end, but we appreciate the absence of animosity :) and all of the personal phone calls and emails of support and checking in that we received from so many of you.
Next up: Tall Chair. They coded the app. We want to thank their team for going beyond the call of duty. They worked far below cost because they wanted to see this project happen and because they are cool people. A special thanks to Dan Brazelton, their CEO, for agreeing to take on the project at a coffee shop in San Francisco on the fly. Mindy Cooler, thanks for managing us across the finish line. Will Roetzheim, thank you for coding, and coding, and coding and sending back and forth funny emails and having a great attitude while testing. Their whole team was solid, professional, and very pleasant. And thanks to Jason Asbahr, CEO of Monstruous, for introducing us.
Reiner Erlings composed the music. Reiner is a talented artist, very professional to work with, and a very good person. He's just released his own album with Gayathri Krishnan. No doubt one of many successful albums to come.
Ly Nguyen and Leo Chida came in on design. They're young, talented, up-start, and know how to work in teams. They were amazing. If you're looking for design talent, we recommend them.
Gail McEwen Miller was our editor. She gives new meaning to "combing over copy with a fine-tooth comb." Thank you Gail, for your patient eye and interesting ideas.
Jason Silva came in and performed his magic. Thank you, Jason. A thousand times over.
Filmworks Dubai did all of the video work as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, thanks to the late Tim Smythe, their CEO. He was a good man. Our thoughts are with his family and the community that so misses him now. He brought in all of these people, many of whom are now our friends:
Amanda Confareux was a gracious producer.
Sarita Mehra was the funniest production manager of all times. Beyond competent too. She's now in inner Mongolia Filming. Follow her adventures through the link above.
Omar Abbas was a delightful, talented director. He did so many takes to get it just right.
Glen Donaldson did the camera work and captured the greatest shots when nobody thought the camera was on.
Sam Kashevi did sound, not an easy job in a re-purposed garage under an airplane route.
Tony Antal was always a pleasure to deal with and handled post production.
Michelle Bahini was our excellent editor and giver of biscuits in the afternoon.
Eduardo San Jose was our Flame Artist and an all around good guy.
Akhilesh Anand did the motion graphics with a great attention to detail.
Charlotte Simpson did the photography. She has a beautiful eye. And she also sacrificed her studio until 3 am in the morning while we shot the video.
So many of our backers helped us cross the finish line both in deed and spirit:
Zafer Achi, we don't know what we would have done without you. Thank you. In so many ways you have been our #1 supporter and a great mentor.
Dharmendra Chandra, you know what you've done for us. You're a great friend and a great man.
Ash Banerjee, thank you for connecting us with Filmworks, for being such a great friend, and for all the sic-fi books and discussions that we love so much.
Terri Hinton, Will Rogers, Gayle Karen Young, and Natascia Radice, thank you for offering shelter from the storm and wise advice in difficult times.
Lidia Bozhevolnaya, Giorgio Ungania, Jane Egly, Amanda Gustafson, Mashrur Nabi, Ann Bothello, Irma Wilson, Glistening Deepwater, Evguenia Demenko, Dan Dimmock, Helene Finidori, Patricia Auseth… "thank you" doesn't even begin to cover it.
Mahmoud Abu-Wardeh and Serge Lupas, your support was unrelenting, especially when it hit the fan. Thank you for being there through it all. No words.
Going forward both Erika and I will be branching out on our own to further the work that we've done here. I've been speaking with the scientific community in service of potentially shaping the discourse around existential risk. I'm enjoying the wide variety of perspectives on our cosmos and the depth of the discussion. Erika will speaking at TEDxStavanger in September, no doubt it will be bold and interesting.
Best to you all,
Anna and Erika