- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Global Cyber Visions (February 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964880679
- ISBN-13: 978-0964880672
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Futurist Jacque Fresco has written seven books and produced four videos detailing his vision of an attainable global future for humankind in our technological age. His background includes industrial design, human factors engineering, architectural design and construction, research engineering, and technical consulting. His works and ideas have been presented on numerous television and radio talk shows throughout the world, and articles about him have been featured in many national and international magazines and newspapers. Fresco has also created 'The Venus Project,' a twenty-five acre research facility in Florida which provides a practical demonstration of many of his design concepts and completed, fully-functioning structures.
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Its time to evolve to tech age without predatory banks and scarcity on purpose for the profit addicted- A.I'S IN EVERYTHING HAS TO COME TO EVOLVE- ROBOTICS IN EVERYTHING INCLUDING GOVERNMENT WITH DRONES AS GUIDES WHEN OFF COURSE-ONLY THIS WAY WILL EQUALITY COME TO BE -NO ELITE OR CHOSEN OR EXCEPTIONAL- NO MONEY-NO PROFIT OR USURY- ROBOTIC MACHINERY PRODUCE ORGANIC HEIRLOOM PRODUCTS ACCORDING TO SCIENCE IN ABUNDANCE-ROBOTS BUILD EVERYTHING -A NEW PARADIGM FOR THE 21st century and all science is shared by all to advance our civilization to a type 1 civilization not held back by a few greedy addicts for profit and power.As far as religion:we are products of the universe(GOD) and the divine is in us all.TIME TO EVOLVE TO THE NEXT PHASE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT WITH OUR UNIVERSE AND DITCH THE THE ROADBLOCK-THE 1% AND THEIR PONZI SCHEME
A little out there, but definitely pointing in the correct direction. Using it in an art installation on immigration.
In our current social system, everything seems backwards. We have men driven by greed, power and social status making critical decisions that affect hundreds of millions of people in the name of "economic prosperity" or "profitability". We do not live in a democracy. We live in a fascist oligarchy. In a sense the American social structure is the same class based model that has existed for thousands of years throughout human history. All past and present forms of government have the same thing in common. They all engender a barter system to obtain resources. In our more recent case this is manifested as the monetary system.
The monetary system or capitalism are among the primary focus. Mr. Fresco identifies many of the symptoms imposed on humanity by the monetary system including: war, crime, poor health care, social stratification, slavery and many others. This is perhaps one of the most critical points of the book, because it illustrates the unnecessary pain and suffering humans are subject to by the system itself.
The rapid rate at which technology is advancing is accelerating the demise of human labor. (side note: If you're not familiar with the math behind technological advancement do some additional research into the law of accelerating returns.) This means that more and more human jobs are being replaced by robotics and software automation at an accelerating rate. A reliable prediction for the future would be that all labor intensive jobs will be automated. What work will then exist for the "working class"?
Mr. Fresco's ideas offer alternative approaches to sociological design. His approach employs the scientific method to achieve practical, sustainable and peaceful conclusions for an intelligent social design structure. These conclusions are arrived at after considering the most basic fundamental needs that we as humans have. I wish I could say that our government applied similar approaches to solving problems, but alas they do not, which is why this book exists. These are some of the many critical concepts that Mr. Fresco covers in this book. Compared to our current social system, I can see how people interpret this as a Utopian design. Mr. Fresco has publicly stated that there is no such thing as Utopia. The greatest tragedy of the human race is that it let profitability become the primary value rather than human compassion. The good news is that it's never too late to change.
There is much more to Mr. Fresco's work that is worth noting. His ideas have inspired a movement known as the Zeitgeist Movement. The purpose of this movement is to educate people about the ideas expressed by Jacque Fresco in this book. There are currently over 500,000 members of the movement worldwide. Millions of people have been reached through the work of Peter Joseph who is an author, documentary director and creator of the Zeitgeist Movement.
This is a glimpse into the future. A glimpse of what we could achieve if we simply changed our priority to human compassion rather than profitability. It is my personal belief that in the distant future, human's will revere Jacque Fresco and Peter Joseph as courageous geniuses who brought hope to millions and ultimately changed the world.
If we transition to a collaborative intelligence system, as described in this book we can all sustainably thrive!
Well researched data, varying between subjects realted to environmental factors contributing to development of human behaviour, up to sustainable city design with sustainable transportation, and even sustainable intellectual education.
Very interesting read with many "out of the box" science based ideas.