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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 22:44

Is it possible to create a radically different society? One where material possessions are unnecessary, where buildings are created in factories, where mundane jobs are automated?

Would you want to live in a city where the main aim of daily life is to improve personal knowledge, enjoy hobbies, or solve problems that could be common to all people in order to improve the standard of living for everyone?

Some may think it is idealistic, but 97-year old architect Jacque Fresco is convinced his vision of the future is far better than how we live today.

 

The Venus Project is an organization started by self-educated structural engineer, industrial designer, and futurist Jacque Fresco. Fresco's project aims to restructure society through worldwide utilization of a theoretical design that he calls a resource-based economy. Those ideas use a version of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management and advanced automation with a global socio-economic system based on social cooperation and scientific methodology.

 

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 22:51

The homepage screams "conspiracy site".

Don't get me wrong... just because something sounds crazy, that doesn't

mean it's wrong. But, that website doesn't seem like it weeds anything out.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 22:54

The homepage screams "conspiracy site".

Don't get me wrong... just because something sounds crazy, that doesn't

mean it's wrong. But, that website doesn't seem like it weeds anything out.

 

Upon visiting the site, you are greeted with:

 

Competent Litigators Wanted

 

Yep, sounds like the start of a Utopian society to me.  Maybe Apple will govern it?

 

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 23:02

I wonder if you could get people to do jobs, without being paid traditional money ....



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 23:21

I wonder if you could get people to do jobs, without being paid traditional money ....

I've always wondered if we would eventually have to live like this.  Considering how prices have jumped just in the last 10 years.

 

It would basically be working for food and board, but then I wonder about "extras", like vacations, movies, books, internet, etc..

 

If you want to lead a simple life, then it would be perfect, though.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 23:33

^ Fresco's vision is not living in poverty -- but an abundant life for all.

 

Automation would eliminate most menial work, allowing humans to pursue, art, hobbies, greater learning.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 23:58

Any social structure will have a-holes who seek power over others to feed their egos. Unless the opportunity to exercise power is limited and social mobility guaranteed, it will eventually fail.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 23:59

It'll only work if Captain Picard is in charge.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 00:02

I smell a future Rapture in the making...



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 00:04

Reminds me of that spaceship in Wall-E where everything is automated and ppl are fat and lazy.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:43

^ Heaven knows we don't have any fat & lazy people now.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:57

Here is the biggest problem with that vision. Not everyone can be in it at once. It would take time building it all up, which means you have the high class living it, and the low class and middle class stuck in what we have now. It is Elysium in the making.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 00:47

Here is the biggest problem with that vision. Not everyone can be in it at once. It would take time building it all up, which means you have the high class living it, and the low class and middle class stuck in what we have now. It is Elysium in the making.

 

I pity you lower class Citizens hahahahahahahahahahaha.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 13:22

^ Someone has to grease up the robots. :laugh:



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 13:38


Would you want to live in a city where the main aim of daily life is to improve personal knowledge, enjoy hobbies, or solve problems that could be common to all people in order to improve the standard of living for everyone?

 

Actually, no. That wouldn't be for me.





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