Tribute to Jacque Fresco

Jacque-Fresco

Diego Horcajada, May 2018

Next week will mark one year since the death of Jacque Fresco (March 13, 1916 – May 18, 2017), a self-taught and passionate industrial designer who spent a great deal of his life thinking and designing solutions for a flourishing, inclusive, and peaceful human society.

A firm believer in the power of science to transform life for the better, Mr Fresco once said: “We have the technology to build a global paradise on earth, and at the same time we have the power to end life as we know it. I am a futurist, I cannot predict the actual future — only what it can be if we manage the earth and its resources intelligently.”

We are today unveiling the tremendous potential of technology in the digital era. Current progress in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Clean Energy, 3-D printing, Distributed Ledger Technology and the Internet of Things, make Mr Fresco’s visions (see 1974 full interview on Larry King Live) tangible realities today.

Mr. Fresco enlightened hundreds of students in higher education institutions such us Princeton, Technológico de Monterrey, City London University, Nichols College and the University of Michigan, just to name a few.

On July 17, 2016, he received the award for City Design & Community from the NOVUS summit in conjunction with the United Nations division UN DESA

In this 12 minute interview from 2010, Mr Fresco expresses his vision for human kind. I cannot imagine anyone disagreeing with his words and vision. In fact, I think the only barrier between this ideal and our current reality is our out-dated mind-set. A mind-set that builds on what makes us different, instead of what make us equal, a mind-set that prevents us to effectively communicate and understand each other: greed and egoism are not human instincts, we have developed them to survive in our current social and economic environment.

Jacque, wherever you might be now, thanks for your inspiring vision and legacy: The Venus Project and the concept of a Resource Based Economy

Venus Project

Diego Horcajada

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