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Designing for a Trillion: Rhiza’s Parent MAYA Featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The sci-fi thriller “Minority Report” envisioned a world in which virtually any surface could convey information. Mickey McManus, president and CEO of MAYA Design, says “the trillion-node network” that would make such a world possible will be upon us within five years. […]

The problem, Mr. McManus says, is that we aren’t equipped for the complexity generated by all of the “smart stuff” that we are creating: VCRs that never stopped blinking “12:00″ were just a harbinger of an even larger gulf developing between what our technology can do and how well we can use it. […]

“Humans haven’t designed anything for a trillion before,” he said. No version of Windows, no distribution of Linux, can scale to that level. The only thing we have that can is peer-to-peer networking.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/13/2009

Rhiza was born from MAYA’s vision of eliminating disparate silos of data to unite the facts and figures of the world into a resource available to everyone. We call this technology the Information Commons, and it’s how all three of our platforms revolutionize the way governments, nonprofits, and businesses manage their data.

MAYA Launches Rhiza Labs

PITTSBURGH, PA. — The MAYA Group has launched Rhiza Labs, LLC, a software company that builds web-based applications to unify community information and improve decision- making in the public sector. The new company is an outgrowth of MAYA’s unique business incubation process that encourages internal research initiatives to spin off as new companies when they become financially independent. “MAYA’s approach to nurturing new companies makes it much easier for innovation to bear fruit and impact society,” says Josh Knauer, Rhiza’s President & CEO and a veteran of several start-ups before he joined MAYA in 2003.


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