World agriculture produces 17% more calories per person per day than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70% population increase. This means that 2,720 calories are produced for every person on the face of the planet, every day.
One quarter of humanity lives without electricity. 1.1 billion lack access to safe drinking water. We live in an inefficient system. Capitalism has proven the most efficient system we have implemented so far. It has significantly improved quality of life for a portion of the global population, albeit at the expense of the remaining population. However, it is by no means the most effective system possible – there remain glaring gaps in the socioeconomic structure.
GRAI aspires to develop a comprehensive, easily accessible program that will allow people to a) observe the current flow of global resources, and b) simulate alternatives using both existing and nascent technologies. For instance, people could change the food source available to a region from food grown locally in challenging conditions, to food grown in a nearby hydroponic facility. They could also determine the extent to which solar energy was implemented in a region and how effective it would be there, considering the weather patterns for the area. This would allow various stakeholders to clearly comprehend and visualize the current state of affairs as well as the scope for sustainable improvement of people’s living standards.
Our underlying belief is that a system based on asymmetries of information, capital and tangible resources will lead to control of such resources becoming concentrated in the hands of a few. The Global Resource Allocation Initiative intends to develop software that will algorithmically distribute food, water, and energy on a global scale – ensuring the equitable allocation of resources, and equal access to opportunities for all, while allowing the human race to endeavor and advance in harmony with the environment. In short, GRAI intends to create and promote a model for the global distribution of food, water, and energy based on supply and need rather than supply and money.