The Future By Design

By Patrick Bridgeman

Imagine a world where war is outdated, there is no shortage of resources, and every human being enjoys a high standard of living.

Jacque Fresco has.

20100315SpringPositiveLifeImage2He is considered by many to be a modern-day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and the Buckminster Fuller, Jacques is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a “generalist” or multi-disciplinarian – a student of many inter-related fields. He is a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales, using innovative technology provide win-win solutions for the planet and its inhabitants.

Jacque (now in his mid-90’s) has been redesigning our entire culture for most of his life, and he doesn’t just want to talk about what today will be like tomorrow, he has a plan to build an entire new world from the ground up. “I was always interested in the future; as far back as I can remember. I drew airplanes and cities of the future, and underwater cities and floating cities.”

His organization, The Venus Project, works to provide a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age. The project also six certain global aims and goals. These include: realizing the planet’s resources as the common heritage of all people; transcending the artificial boundaries that are currently separating us, outgrowing nationalism, bigotry and prejudice; replacing money based economies with a resource-based world economy; redesigning transport systems and industry so that they are green and clean; gradually outgrowing corporate entities and governments as a means of social management; sharing new technologies for the benefit of automations and enhancing education so that future generations are intellectually and emotionally prepared for the changes and challenges that lie ahead.

To put his ideals into practice, Jacque is building the first ever experimental research city – a 25-acre complex in south-central Florida. Construction has already begun in fundraising efforts are underway to support it.

Aside from utilizing the very best in green technology – wind, solar and heat concentrating systems, hydroponic farm facilities and lush landscaping – the cities designed to serve the needs of every member of society and allow occupants to choose their most fulfilling lifestyle.

It reminds me of a very good question I came across many years ago. “If money were no object, what would you do with your time?” Would you still be working at the same job? Would you work at all? How would you like to spend your free time? Would you play games like when we were children? Where would you like to go and who would you bring with you? What would you like to create? If everybody’s basic needs were met all over the world, what would be left to do? Whatever you like. Whatever makes your heart sing, your mind tingle and your face smile. Art, Science, Philosophy, Sport, Space Exploration, you name it, you can spend your whole life doing it if you so desire.

It will take some amount of work to get from where we are to where we can be, and a lot of people have to take a long hard look their lives and decide what’s really the right path for them to travel along in this lifetime, but I believe we can do it.

So, let’s imagine how our life and our society will change when money is no longer needed because the resources of the world are freely available for all to share equally. Robotic technology will look after the production and distribution processes required to fulfill our basic needs. People won’t have to work to buy food, shelter or clothing. Profit will no longer be a driving force in business, so cutting corners and producing poor quality products will no longer make sense. Sweatshops, child labor, and cheap, toxic additives causing harmful side effects will be things of the unenlightened past.

If people do want to produce goods, they will have access to the very best quality of resources, so they’ll have no reason to create something that is anything other than top quality. Clothing and technological products will be built to last for years, not for months.