Jacque Fresco y el Proyecto Venus

Publicado: junio 11, 2009 en Proyecto Venus, Zeitgeist
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Jacque Fresco es un tipo peculiar. Todas las definiciones se quedan cortas cuando se trata de describir su trayectoria. Ingeniero, futurista, filósofo, arquitecto, diseñador industrial, escritor…y ante todo, un adelantado a su época. Este pequeño gran genio lleva toda su vida trabajando por resolver los problemas que atañen a la sociedad: hambre, pobreza, contaminación, injusticias sociales, desigualdad, deterioro medioambiental…De ahí nace el Proyecto Venus, que no es sino el anteproyecto para crear un nuevo mundo más justo y lógico. Ahí es nada.

Jacque Fresco is a interesting guy. Every definition isn’t up to describe the huge career he has developed through the years: engineer, futurist, philosopher, architect, industrial designer, writer…, but, above all, he thinks ahead of his time. All his life he has worked to solve the problems that affect our society: hunger, poverty, pollution, social injustice, inequality… and that is the root and the aim of the Venus Project, which intends to create a new fairer and more reasonable world.

Sus inventos para este nuevo mundo pasan por ciudades circulares que se retroalimentan, robots y sistemas automatizados inteligentes que pueden realizar nuestros trabajos, medios de transporte no contaminantes, edificios completamente revolucionarios… y no solo eso, sino que ha creado un nuevo tipo de sistema económico: un sistema basado en los recursos naturales, en vez del dinero, si si, lo que leéis.

Os invito a que os adentréis más profundamente en este nuevo mundo que plantea este geniecillo, ya que esto es sólo un pequeño atisbo de lo que se está gestando en Venus, Florida, EEUU. Próximamente saldrá un reportaje mío en la revista Enigmas más extenso, os mantendré informados.

Para abrir boca os dejo la entrevista que tuve el placer de hacerle hace muy poquito. Lo dejo en el idioma original (inglés) ya que creo que es más interesante y preciso leerlo tal cual lo ha expresado él. Saludos.

Circular cities, industrial robots, new ways of transportation, automated construction systems, revolutionary buildings and even a new kind of economic system based on natural resources, are some of his inventions. I invite you to go deeper into this new and fantastic world that is now taking shape in Venus, Florida(U.S.). This is an interview I made to Jacque Fresco on may 2009 for “Enigmas” magazine. I hope you enjoy it.

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1. Are we living the right moment (because of the crisis) to undertake The Venus Project?

A. It will take a crisis to enable people to look for an alternative direction. It is our job at this time to get as much information as possible out to the public, about this direction. It is up to what others do to help bring this about.

2. How would be everyday life under a Resource Based System? What will people do?

A. Monotonous and dangerous jobs will inevitably be phased out by new advancing technology. People in a resource-based economy will be given the opportunity to study, travel, work to help others, design, create, etc. – or work in the arts or sciences – if they desire. I find it so sad when people ask, “What will people do?”. Their mind has been so repressed and misinformed that they have no other options in their lives other than a job and in most instances it is one that they do not even like. Children, when they are young, are curious about everything and if nurtured they could have a much greater range of interests and abilities. Our present day culture does a wonderful job of limiting peoples’ interests, opportunities, and abilities. People are not born that way anymore than they are born with bigotry, hatred, prejudice, or with particular values. It is the environment that shapes people and if the culture is not altered there will be little change in human behavior.

3. If machines take over all the jobs, does it mean that nobody would work? Who would supervise machines if they fail? Are machines perfect? What would happen if a storm destroys all the harvest of a specific area?

A. Boring and monotonous jobs would be eliminated as quickly as possible by machines. Enabling people to work on what they would like to do. There is so much work to be done and knowledge to be gained on problems that confront us all, like heart disease, cystic fibrosis, the threat of hurricanes and tsunamis, etc.

Machines can be operated automatically by feedback from the environment.

Machines are not perfect, but in defense of machines, perhaps we would be better off if people behaved more like them. There is no question that some machines are poorly designed, but the flawed natures of human beings in high places surpass, by far, the illusion of the destructiveness of machines. There is no evidence of machines acting against human being on their own accord, except in naïve science fiction stories. Humans program machines and direct their use. It’s not machines that are to be feared, it is the misuse and misdirection of these machines that threaten humankind. Machines are not the danger, we are. As long as we fail to take responsibility for our relationship to our fellow human beings and the intelligent management of our planetary resources, we remain the greatest danger to our planet.

We can store, in advance, many materials and food in case of emergencies.

4. There are some kind of professions very difficult or impossible to carry out by machines, like psychologist, teacher, artist, lawyer, judge… What will happen with this? Are these jobs still going to exist?

A. People can’t imagine it, but even psychologists, teachers, artists, lawyers and judges can be surpassed by machines. Within a resource based economy, lawyers and judges would no longer exist. Also, many of the conditions that lead people to seek psychologists would be outgrown. And, children would be taught how to search out the needs of their own problems, where to look for answers. They would have a much better understanding of the world, which would remove the need for others to help them adjust to the world around them.

5. In the cities you have design, everything has its assigned space: the dome, the buildings surrounding the central dome, the houses… What will happen is some of these areas grow?

A. Then new cities will be built.

6. What is the purpose of going to university if people are not going to work in what they study?

A. The cities in the future would be university cities. People would be learning and studying their entire lives. The culture would be an emergent culture that is continuously exploring, growing, and changing, as opposed to the society we have today, which is an established culture. Our society is fixed and tends to keep things the way they are.

7. If people don’t work, how will the society progress or evolve?

A. Work is a limiting factor in terms of progress and evolving. The thing that flattens out incentive the most is a minimum wage job. People dare not dream today because they cannot afford their dreams. In a resource based society, where goods and services are available to all, this also includes the ability to learn, explore and experience new possibilities in science, technology and the arts. Progress wouldn’t be held back by patents, or the market place, or devious and manipulative behavior, which is the result of competition, artificial scarcity, or planned obsolescence.

8. Has someone been interested in buying or patent some of your prefabricated houses or buildings? Are you planning to market some of your inventions?

A. When I was younger, I designed hundreds of products, houses, medical devices, aircraft, boats, automobiles, etc. However, even though many of them were of higher quality in terms of using less resources and were made to last longer, this did not mean that it would always get to the market place. I now realize that it is not products that will help change the destructiveness and suffering of our culture, but we need an entirely new social design and value system so that everyone can participate in invention, allowing each person to contribute to society freely, with items that will help eliminate scarcity, homelessness, poverty, war, and unnecessary human suffering.

9. How will you use the “memory metals” in the future society? Could these metals revolutionize our life?

A. Memory materials, not just metals, could be used in many different ways, from furniture design, clothing, to medical devices, to architecture, which would make it possible for buildings to self-erect and repair themselves.

10. How would you set in motion a Resource Based Economy and How will the society manage the tremendous change?

A. The Venus Project cannot be put into practice on a global scale until the economic systems of the world fail to provide for the needs of people and citizens become disillusioned with their elected leaders.

All systems continue to undergo modification and change by sheer technological evolution. For example, a traffic cop replaced by electronic lights, the ice men by refrigerators, elevator operators by automation, aircraft by guided missiles or drones.

What will bring about the collapse of the world’s monetary systems is the infusion of automation and the outsourcing of jobs. This includes not only assembly line workers but also doctors, engineers, architects, and the like. As workers and professionals lose their purchasing power, the industries that depend on them can no longer function. This will bring an end to the monetary system. It is not a question of owners giving up their industries so much as the fact that people will not have the purchasing power to sustain this system. Even the motion picture industry is generating computerized people who will replace many TV announcers and personalities.

This change is already well underway on a global scale.

While these drastic conditions will help produce the motivation for social change, no individual or organization has laid out what changes are necessary and how to bring them about. Our current system is not working. Unless people are aware of, or knowledgeable about what is needed, they will continue to repeat the same mistakes–war, recession, boom and bust, hunger, poverty, and much unnecessary human suffering.

The aims of The Venus Project cannot be achieved until people become aware of its proposals and aims. To introduce to the world this new social direction, the best vehicle is a major motion picture. It will present simply and understandably the advantages to all nations of participating in a resource-based economy. The film we would like to do will be both entertaining and educational. It would present the limitless possibilities of an evolving society which surpasses politics, poverty, money, and war.

A major film could reach the largest number of people the world over in the shortest possible time. We feel it is necessary to produce this motion picture in advance of the social breakdown to help prepare people for this transition and present them with a direction to work toward. There is a lot of work to be done. We hope enough people will become aware of the proposals of The Venus Project before social collapse so that this new social design may be implemented.

Another way to visualize and accelerate an understanding of this bold new vision is with a TV series.

Therefore, our main objective is education through the media. If enough people learn about this direction, accept these proposals, and wish to organize to bring it about, we will then work toward the building of a first experimental city. The Venus Project has designs and blueprints for a prototype community.

11. Is this the best system created until now?

A. Socialism, Communism, Free-enterprise system, and Fascism are integral parts of social evolution but have all failed to meet the needs of the people and the environment. A global resource based system would use the methods of science for the benefit of the entire world population, while focusing on the reclamation of the environment to as near a natural state as possible.

This does not require convincing everyone, just those who are in positions to help initiate the change. This would not be an elitist group but those who understand the benefits are for everyone. This is the best we know up to now, as we realize all things are subject to change.

This would be a quantum jump in the way we conduct human affairs. If we fail to accept responsibility for our own future, we will repeat the same mistakes over and over again as history shows.

A nation without a vision for the future is bound to be passed by those nations that do.



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