Idea for this project was born in an curious instant when multiple parallel threads of research inside our own organization came together and then transcended to a meta-plateau.
Let us explain. In general the "motivational artists" tend to teach people how to succeed in life by following their own example of hard work where they are actually working hard to teach people how to succeed. Sound strange? It is. This is similar to running around the table and biting one's own behind. We decided to do this since it has been empirically proven to work.
Thus our motivation is teaching others about research because this is what we are researching as well. We are researching the research itself. How to do it properly, in what ways does it works best, what are the broad benefits, why it is a bit (entirely?) counterintuitive and how it drives all the actual progress of humanity. Most people are not professional researchers (including us) but we can all learn from the ones that historically proved that they were on the right track. We can now pick the best and most successful researchers with tangible results and observe, analyze and intuit about how it all worked in their case.
Research works statistically. Not every researcher will have outstanding results, in fact only a small fraction will - and to achieve this small fraction of enourmous successes we have to nurture a general climate of (proper) research. Failures are normal, neccessary and expected. On the other hand for the whole concept not to shatter to pieces some kind of filters have to be implemented. We don't want obviously unconstructive research (which is very hard to determine, truth be told) to burn our collective resources in perpetuum. This is not desired for two reasons: it demotivates people that are really working hard and bit by bit getting somewhere. It demotivates them psychologically and also economically.
As we might already suspect, there are no hard and proven recipes but if we read between the lines and listen with intuition to people that want to tell us something, we might shift a bit more towards being able to solve very hard problems awaiting us. The world has been living and progressing on borrowed capital for some time and only with proper understanding (fueled by proper research and proper sharing of results) can we begin to pay back the real interest (which is not denominated in paper money but in actual consequences) to our planet, planetary subsystems and the system of humanity. After we climb out of this hole, we have to start living off of the capital (natural resources) we actually have and stop borrowing impossible sums from future generation(s).
So what actually is "this project"? All there is to it are seven (7) articles translated into broad number of (or even all?) languages. Why?
Some of us are working from Slovenia which is a small country and all the important resources and knowledge are most certainly not in Slovenian language. We sometimes wanted to share really interesting perspectives (about research and also specific topics) with very curious locals (family, friends and general public usually a tiny bit older than us) who by none of their fault don't speak English.
We sometimes feel they are being left behind or "in the dark". Young and motivated folks can read everything and they (older folks) are stuck with whatever others decide to translate into our language. This is just a fact and although there is a lot of great content already translated, we have opinions on what else should be translated but currently isn't.
This is a general idea. At first we wanted to translate two specific articles (which were very hard to find on the Internet in the first place) and then suddenly five more came to our mind as very related and also very deserving of being offered as a part of a general picture on what proven ways of research look like.
Only after already creating a list of seven articles we noticed that they were all produced by US citizens. This is a bit strange but at the same time very understandable since USA is historically known as a nation with great spirit of exploration.
We could of course find seven articles from any other country in the world but let's be fair and conclude that they would mean one magnitude less as far as modern technological and scientific research is concerned. At the same time our observations show that in the future this will not be the case: the world has learned from the best and we are now all world class researchers or will be soon. World class research is on the way to become really decentralized in all regards. This (sub)project follows and helps this very trend: we want to help make communities and societies more receptive to potentially fruitful research as opposed to no proper research at all or research that is almost certainly wasting our collective resources.
Seven articles in question are authored by: Richard Hamming, Alan Kay, Murray Gell-Mann, Paul Graham, Chris Dixon, Story Musgrave and Vannevar Bush. Why are they all male? Probably also some kind of historical reason or just by coincidence of our random selection. Then again this is the list that "just created itself", you will read the content and learn from it, all kinds of meta-questions on why this exact list are probably not really constructive. We just mention that even if all of these are Americans and male at the same time, research has or should become more decentralized so all other nationalities and also all genders can learn from this content and prosper. Girls, boys, Indians, Australians, non-binary-genders, maybe even aliens once they finally arrive.