Digitizing the Economy

Will Holcomb

22 April 2014


We have had enough food to feed everyone in the world since 1968. Why we don't is a huge problem involving reams of data. To deal with it, we could use a computer model of the system.

This isn't possible with how businesses are currently structured, because each company keeps it's chunk of the economy private.

This can be solved by simply publishing the data and conglomerating it.

I want to start with a restaurant and focus on the food supply chain — build a computer model of where all the food is and figure out how to end starvation.


I am looking for developers to help with building the software to operate a restarant transparently. I want to use CouchDB to share the data. Essentially it is one huge pool of uniquely identified JSON objects that can be shared between stores without risk of conflict.

To make the interface to the data more palatable I want to develop the application in Ember. There are a few parts that need to be developed:

If you are or know Ember developers, I have bitcoins available to drive this project forward.