The Venus Project

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Living skyscraper concept is straight out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s dreams

Our greatest cities could see massive tree-like structures rising amidst their skyscrapers one day. Teeming with life, these vertical gardens could provide both food and a bit of green space for city folk. These enormous vertical farms could be the self-sustaining hearts of their host cities. They’ll scrub the air clean, purify local water and produce renewable energy. They’ll be so wonderful that it’ll almost be like living in Lothlorien.

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Imagine if all the metals, factories, man power, and organization of the military was used to empower human beings rather than prepare for their annihilation. All the fundamental necessities of life including food, water, shelter, energy, transportation, could be ubiquitously accessible to everyone on earth, with high efficiency and sustainability. The technical means of this are already here. This could usher in a new level of freedom and possibility never before experienced in history. No longer would humanity waste most of it’s effort on simply trying to survive, but rather to fully explore its previously hindered and vastly unrealized potential.

The entire money-structured and materialistic-oriented society is a false society. Our society will go down in history as the lowest development in man. We have the brains, the know-how, the technology and the feasibility to build an entirely new civilization.
—  Jacque Fresco
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THE VENUS PROJECT

The Venus Project proposes an alternate vision of what the future can be if we apply our technology to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. Architect and futurist Jacque Fresco has inspired many to follow his blueprints for this straightforward redesign of our society and planet. He views poverty, war, and debt not only unavoidable, but completely unacceptable.

Fresco calls for a clean, efficient use of science to design a world that not based on mass consumerism, but instead on a resource-based economy. This eliminates all invisible borders that separates continents and countries for an open trading highway system infrastructure. The project aims to produce and distribute the resources necessary all the while avoiding environmental neglect. Fresco suggests that we automate as soon as we can.

Two main concerns are whether or not there will be enough resources for everyone and whether or not mass automation will have a negative effect on the job market. First of all, the Venus Project would eliminate the need for a monetary system, and if we can get to the point where the level of production is high enough, scarcity will no longer exist. With most jobs automated, and ample resources, the average person will only have to work a couple hours a day, and have everything that they could possibly need. Computers can be used to network the distribution of goods and to ensure there would be no overruns or shortages of resources. “Decisions being made in the innovative society would be based around the needs of the people and the conservation of the planet, not corporate interests.”

The system would also eliminate the need for government. When money is used to regulate resources for profit, people and nations will seek advantage at any cost, by maintaining a competitive edge or by military intervention. War represents the supreme failure of nations to resolve their differences. There is no need for a governing body or military in a world where everyone is provided for. Fresco believes that people are good at heart, and that negative ideals are taught. When people have everything, from necessities to the things that give us pleasure, the theory is that greed and corruption will evaporate.

In the world the Jacque Fresco is suggesting, technology will be used to advance mankind in positive ways. Rather than advancing our weapons technology, we can concentrate of beneficial parts of society, such as the medical field. Medical care will be available to all.

This has nothing to do with those who want to form an elite world order with themselves and large corporations in control to make the rest of the world subservient to them. A global resource-based economy enables all people to reach their highest potential so that they can thrive and grow in a society that works and their behalf and protects the environment as well. A society that understands we are a part of nature, not separate from it.

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We say dishonestly that man is the highest form of evolution, which is what you get in schools. Man goes out and destroys the oceans, the fish, the atmosphere and one another. Man flies over a city, presses a button and burns everyone in the city with nuclear weapons. Is he the highest creation of nature? Not yet, in my opinion. We have a long way to go. We could either create paradise on earth or oblivion and wipe ourselves out. Only time can tell.
—  Jacque Fresco