Engineering a New Vision of Tomorrow

Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows, founders of The Venus Project in Florida, envision a cybernated city of the future.

A project under development in Florida attempts to prove one thing: The future can work.

Undersea observatories designed by Jacque Fresco

Undersea observatories will permit people to view marine life in its natural habitat without disturbing the ocean environment.

Geothermal energy plants designed by Jacque Fresco

Geothermal energy plants. In the future, as refinements in conversion technologies increase its visibility, geothermal energy may take a more prominent role, reducing the threat of global warming.

The Venus Project is an alternative social direction of the future envisioned by engineer/designer Jacque Fresco and his partner, Roxanne Meadows. As Fresco wrote in THE FUTURIST (May-June 1994), the Venus Project is a global social design that incorporates a proposed city built on the principles of sophisticated use of technology and sustainable use of resources. Now, he has built new models of the technologies to show how they will be used in creating and managing the cyber native city he envisioned. His conclusion: We can get there from here.

Model of massive lifting crane positions structures on foundations and stilts created by Jacque Fresco

Massive lifting crane positions structures on foundations and stilts. Upon completion of their task, these self-erecting cranes can easily be disassembled and transported to the next assignment.

Model of mega-machine lifting and inserting prefabricated housing components into a support structure created by Jacque Fresco

Mega-machine lifts and inserts prefabricated housing components into a support structure. I’ll build the “prefab” units will have standard components, they will be modular and support a diverse array of designs.

Technology is now on the verge of realizing the goal of a world in which resources are fully available to all of humanity. Futurists such as Ray Kurzweil and Hans Moravec have argued that machine intelligence may surpass human intelligence during this century, perhaps even within the next three decades. In the meantime, we should be harnessing that machine intelligence and developing new powers to create a better world, suggests Fresco.

Robots constructing robots

Robots constructing robots. These “multi-access industrial robots” can take appropriate actions without human directives by combining an array of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors and receivers with sophisticated decision-making circuits and artificial-intelligence programs. When necessary, these mega-robots will communicate with one another and coordinate the logistics for each project.

Mariculture and see farming

Mariculture and see farming systems cultivate fish and other forms of marine life to help meet the nutritional needs of the world’s people.