Press Release


Honesty™ reveals the intention...
because no one writes a final draft first time.

People have always wanted to know where great words come from: what was Shelley thinking of when he wrote Ozymandias? Why did Paul MaCartney write 'yesterday all my far aways were so troubled' before he wrote 'yesterday, all my troubles were so far away'? The answer is that people think while they write, and with the release of Honesty™ 1.0, you can closely track that thinking process.

At the heart of Honesty™ 1.0 is a patented algorithm that uses redundant data encoded in 'deleted' ASCII characters. It works on any text file[1]. Simply open a word processing document or an email message, run Honesty™ 1.0 and you will generate a time-based file based on the final text and showing the words that were added and deleted during the course of producing that final text.

Find out whether your boss thinks you are 'very difficult' like the final email says, or 'a wanker' like the first draft says. Does the girl you've just met really like you? She might have written 'Jeremy, I had a really nice time yesterday' but did you know that was only after she'd written 'Jeremy, I had quite a good time yesterday'– not really the same; and before that 'Dear Jeremy, about yesterday...'

Although the differences revealed by Honesty™ 1.0 are often apparently small, they are vital in understanding emerging patterns of thought.

WARNING: Honesty™ 1.0 reveals peoples early thoughts when they write. These aren't always the thoughts that they would like others to read, merely a way of 'externalising' thought. Honesty™ 1.0 could cause great offence, even marriage break-ups, and should only be used with caution.

Honesty™ reveals the intention...
because no one writes a final draft first time.

Beta versions of Honesty™ 1.0 are now available from Shornbare.com

[1] Mobile Honesty™ is currently under development, and will work with SMS text messages.



January 2004