Jacque Fresco (born 13 March 1916) is a structural designer, social engineer, architectural designer, philosopher of science, concept artist, educator, and futurist. His central approach is to use “science as a method applied to social concern,” which is also one of the key tenets of the Technocracy Inc. movement, of which Jacque was a member for a while. Fresco has designed, invented and patented a large number of things, including a version of 3D cinema without the use of glasses, a technique for three-dimensional x-ray units, and the first airbag.
Fresco was the founder of Sociocyberneering, Inc., now known as The Venus Project. The Venus Project reflects the culmination of Fresco's life work: the integration of the best of science and technology into a comprehensive plan for a new society based on human and environmental concern. He has lectured extensively across the world. In 2010 he began a World Lecture Tour in which he presented over 26 lectures in 20 countries. He’s been featured in numerous magazines, journals, newspapers, films, on TV and the radio.
On the Larry King Show in 1974:
“It would take ten years to change the surface of the Earth. To rebuild the world into a second garden of Eden….”
On the Great Depression:
“During the Depression it was obvious to me that something was wrong with our culture; the way we did things, the use of money. Because there were all kinds of things available in the store windows. Radios, dishwashers… but people just didn’t have the money. Of course, I realized then it wasn’t money that people needed, what they needed was access to the necessities of life. “
On Human Nature:
“It is not that people are evil or greedy. The conditions that socially support the system force us to behave in socially offensive ways.”
“In the future…you will love as many people that you meet that are lovable, and you can’t help that. And that’s where the future is going.”
“We don’t have enough machines! This is the problem. We have too many humans in high places that are insufficient mentally to solve problems. It isn’t humanism that got rid of slavery, it is technology. Machines are cheaper and faster than slaves.”
Published on Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:35