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Utopian Dreams on the Web: Venus Project, etc.

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(I am sure many here will stumble across these Utopian Dreams, from time-to-time)


THE VENUS PROJECT- is a good example...


The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. There are many people today who are concerned with the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems. As you will see, The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting all of these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions. Through the use of innovative approaches to social awareness, educational incentives, and the consistent application of the best that science and technology can offer directly to the social system, The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology, and nature will be able to coexist in a long-term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.


The plans for the Venus Project offer society a broader spectrum of choices based on the scientific possibilities inherent in current technology and direct that knowledge toward a new era of peace and sustainability for all cultures. Through the implementation of a resource-based economy, and a multitude of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies directly applied to the social system, The Venus Project proposals will dramatically reduce crime, poverty, hunger, homelessness, and many other pressing problems that are common throughout the world today.


One of the cornerstones of the organization's findings is the fact that many of the dysfunctional behaviors of today's society stem directly from the dehumanizing environment inherent in the existing monetary system. Moreover, the currently utilized random implementation of automation and other technologies have resulted in a fragmented, self-defeating trend occurring throughout the manufacturing and high-tech sectors of today's global economy--namely the technological replacement of human labor by machines. The Venus Project proposes a social system in which automation and technology would be intelligently applied and integrated into an overall social design where the primary function would be to maximize the quality of life rather than profits. This project also introduces a set of workable and acceptable human values that are more appropriate and in balance with our present state of technology.


@: http://thevenusproject.com/

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Bizarre images on that Venus website






Dubai architects must have seen it



Highly imaginative, but not very practical



The Venus Project's proposals and methods for arriving at a new social design are as follows:


Phase 1: The 25-acre planning center in Venus, Florida, which is already complete.


Phase 2: The production of books, pamphlets, and videos inviting the participation of people who advocate a similar direction. The Venus Project would also like to produce a feature-length motion picture and a television series, which would be a very effective way of presenting this evolutionary vision to a much larger audience.



Phase 3: The building of a new experimental city.


If our project appeals to a sufficient number of people and enough funds are made available, it will be directed toward the building of the first university city. The size and complexity of the city would depend on the funds available. This first experimental city would be a major planning, research, and development center where new technologies could be developed. It would also serve as a showplace for these new, clean technologies, operating in a pollution-free environment with built-in processes for recycling waste. Another of its functions would be to serve as a center for the dissemination of information in all areas of the social complex. It could serve as a global networking center, eventually inviting the participation of all nations, individuals, and organizations.


Link: http://thevenusproject.com/vp_jac/interview.htm


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The VenusProject BB: http://www.thevenusproject.com//cgi-bin/ya...l?board=general

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  • 2 years later...

Way ahead of the pack as usual Bubb and HP.

Time to revive this thread?.

Who is Jacque Fresco?



Professional Positions


Mr. Fresco’s background includes industrial design and social engineering, as well as being a forerunner in the field of Human Factors. Mr. Fresco has worked as both designer and inventor in a wide range of fields spanning from biomedical innovations to totally integrated social systems. The Venus Project and the non-profit organization Future By Design reflects the culmination of Jacque 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. It is a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age.







Books Authored


  1. Looking Forward co-authored with Kenneth Keyes, 1969, A.S. Barnes & Company
  2. Introduction to Sociocyberneering, 1977
  3. Sociocyberneering Presents Cities in Transition, 1978
  4. Sociocyberneering Presents the Determinants of Behavior, 1978
  5. Structural Systems and Systems of Structure, 1979
  6. The Venus Project: The Redesign of a Culture, 1995 * World Future Society best seller
  7. And The World Will Be One 1997
  8. The Best That Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War , 2002
  9. Videos produced and filmed
  10. The Venus Project: The Redesign of a Culture, 1994
  11. Welcome To The Future, 2001
  12. Cities In The Sea, 2002
  13. Self-erecting Structures, 2002

Inventions and Designs- many of which have been patented and have had wide commercial acceptance.


  • Systems for noiseless and pollution free aircraft
  • A new aircraft wing structural system, patented by the US Air Force
  • An electrostatic system for the elimination of sonic boom
  • Boundary layer control and electrodynamic methods for aircraft control that dispenses with ailerons, elevators, rudders, and flaps
  • A three-wheel automobile consisting of only 32 parts
  • “The Aluminum Trend House,” a prefabricated house designed and developed for Mike Shore and Earl Muntz, 1945
  • Designed and developed another prefabricated aluminum house for Major Realty Corporation in collaboration with Aluminum Company of America
  • Developed numerous components and systems for architectural construction
  • Developed equipment ranging from 3-dimensional x-ray units to electronic surgical instruments for the medical field
  • Developed a technique for viewing 3-dimensional motion pictures without the use of glasses
  • Designed and built a wide variety of reinforced concrete structures
Periodicals, books, newspapers and magazines that have contained articles written by Mr. Fresco or written about Mr. Fresco:


  • Feature contributing author to the book In the Shadow of War edited by Arthur Shostak Ph.D. 2004
  • Feature contributing author to the book Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping A Better World edited by Arthur Shostak Ph.D. 2003
  • Wrote the preface and was featured in the book Transforming The Global Biosphere: Twelve Futuristic Strategies by Elliott Maynard, Ph.D. 2003
  • Feature article in the 2002 January - February issue of The Futurist
  • Feature contributing author in Utopian Thinking in Sociology: Creating the Good Society, an instructional text book published by the American Sociological Association 2001
  • Feature article in the 1994 May - June issue of the World Future Society’s magazine, The Futurist, where the editors compared his work with R. Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri.
  • The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA), The Miami Herald (Miami, FL,) News-Sun (Sebring, Fl) Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX) , New-Press (Ft Myers, Fl), North Port Sun (North Port, FL), The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), El Nuevo Herald (Miami, FL), Record (Hackensack, NJ), De Soto Sun (Arcadia, FL), Englewood Sun (Englewood, FL), West County Times (Pinole, CA), Standard Esquire Examiner (Ogden, UT), Valley Times (Pleasanton, CA), Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA), San Ramon Valley Times (Danville, CA), FL Citizen, (Key West, FL), News & Record (Greensboro, NC), The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH).
  • Western Flying, The Architectural Forum, Popular Mechanics, Saturday Review, Variety, Feedback Magazine, Gulf Shore Life, Lee Living, Predictions, Weekly Reader, Media Wave, Shift, Detour, UK’s FX Design, Business and Society, UK’s Locum Destination Review, Spain’s leading news magazine EPOCA, The Sun, National Hotel Executive, Exxon Mobil’s corporate magazine The Compass, GQ Magazine of Italy, Janas Magazine of France. Mare Magazine of Germany , Gantthead.mag Magazine, IE Industrial Engineering Magazine, The Irish Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Walden Three a book written about Mr. Fresco by Jack Catran.
Radio and Television Shows


  • Feature interview for REDES a public television show of Spain 2003
  • Discovery Channel’s two hour special Engineering the Impossible, 2002
  • It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle, Philadelphia
  • A Touch of Grey, nationally syndicated radio
  • Several appearances on The Larry King Show radio and television
  • Prime Time Weekend, Philadelphia , PA
  • CHRW-CFM, “Science Girl , Ontario , Canada
  • National Public Radio, KGPR-FM, Great Falls, MT
  • JudiWorld with Judi Paparelli, New Orleans , LA
  • KFMK-FM 105.9 Austin , TX
  • KVON-AM, San Francisco
  • WCUB-AM, Manitowoc , WI
  • WLW-AM, Cincinnati , OH
  • WLW-AM, Midday with Mike McConnell
  • Long John’s Journal , WINK, Channel 11 Fort Myers, Florida
  • In The Wild , Award winning children’s TV series
  • Fox Television, Tampa , Florida
  • All Things Considered, Public Radio, Tampa , Florida
  • Free Speech TV, Boulder , Colorado
  • N3TV, Space Channel , Canada
  • Television Special in Japan , France , and England
  • Chilean Public Television Special
  • Talk show presentation in Brazil .
  • WPBT Educational Television, Channel 2
  • WPLG, ABC Network Television, Channel 10
  • WIOD Radio, Feature Guest of Art Merrill
  • WKAT Radio Feature Guest of Bill Smith Show
  • Art Baker nationwide program, You Asked For It, as “The Man Of Tomorrow”
Mr. Fresco has been a guest lecturer at many institutions of higher learning. He was an active participant in discussions at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara , California . Mr. Fresco has addressed students at the University of Miami, Princeton University, University of Southern California, Dade Junior College, Queens College, Presbyterian College, University of Southern Florida, Nichols College, Columbia University, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and others. He and Ralph Nader were featured guest lecturers at the University of South Florida . At Princeton University , Mr. Fresco addressed the Department of Sociology. His subject was Sociology of the Future. Along with the well- known scientist Margaret Mead, Mr. Fresco was extended an invitation to address the college environment conference in Washington , DC . He was a guest speaker for the Tenth Symposium for the Civil Engineering Department of TEC de Monterrey University in Monterrey, Mexico, Latin America’s top rated college. Mr. Fresco was a guest speaker at The Utopian Studies Conference in Orlando , FL and lectured at several World Future Society Conferences.


We have all heard lectures that downgrade the present state of affairs. They speak of such social problems as lawlessness, poverty, racial tension and divorce. But how many of us can recall any of these lectures offering creative solutions to these problems? Mr. Fresco’s presentations reflect a serious attempt to illuminate the causes and outline a wide range of constructive alternatives. He does this by presenting a redesign of our culture, one that would emphasize the intelligent use of science and technology to enhance the lives of all people while protecting our environment. His subjects range from “New Dimensions in Human Stupidity” to “Imagineering The Future.” A video often accompanies the lectures where his ideas are vividly brought to life through animated models, illustrations and computer animation.


His particular lecture technique enables uninformed audiences to grasp the significance of complex social and technical innovations He speaks dramatically and brilliantly about the urgent transitional problems facing our contemporary society. His audiences find their attention focused intensely and they closely follow his presentation from beginning to end. Mr. Fresco’s lectures have been consistently praised and enthusiastically received.


Jacque Fresco is the founder of Sociocyberneering, Inc., now known as The Venus Project and the non-profit organization The Venus Project. With his associate Roxanne Meadows, he has designed and built the entire twenty-five acre research facility. The function of this project is to prepare approaches and solutions to the major problems that confront the world today. Television and magazine coverage on the project has been worldwide.



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Bizarre images on that Venus website


Microsoft Office OneNote 2007, and the lord so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son to die for your daughters education At a chinese university with 300 million autodesk inventor software users redesigning the cradle to cradle manufacturing process. The Trash and extinctions do not go away.


I guess an artists rendering of an oil rig scorching the face off some innocent infant life (dolphin, human, polar bear) is more appealing to my senses too I think its pretty weird pictures. What with the Freemason stone huts being logistically a maintainable infrastructure.


A catalyst for advancing research and practice in mobile and ubiquitous computing


Call for Works in Progress


Environmental Sustainability


We're currently accepting Work in Progress submissions of 250 words or less for our January-March 2009 issue on Environmental Sustainability. These will not be peer-reviewed but will be reviewed by the Department Editor, Anthony Joseph, and, if accepted, edited by the staff into a feature for the issue. The deadline for work-in-progress submissions is 1 November 2008.



The original call for papers is below.





Environmental sustainability is rapidly emerging as an important and timely topic for pervasive computing research, motivated by increased awareness of issues such as global warming, depletion of natural resources, and e-waste. The creation, use, and disposal of large quantities of pervasive technologies such as sensors and mobile devices have strong implications for resource consumption and waste production. How can pervasive computing systems be designed so that they are environmentally sensitive from a material perspective? Further, pervasive technologies can be a powerful means of informing and influencing sustainable action and decisions by individuals, businesses, governments, and other organizations. How can pervasive computing systems be designed to support and persuade environmentally sustainable practices and behaviors?


This special issue provides a forum for cutting-edge work on pervasive technologies that are designed, deployed, or implemented in an environmentally responsible manner, as well as pervasive technologies that promote environmentally responsible actions.




Example topics for this special issue include but are not limited to the following:


* design for technology re-use, re-purposing, or lifetime extension;

* sensor network applications that support the efficient use or protection of natural resources;

* grass roots sensing empowering local populations to track and act on information about pollution, traffic, or other conditions relating to sustainability;

* analysis and decision making tools for gathering and presenting information that supports sustainable choices by individuals or businesses;

* the use of pervasive computing to support sustainability-related behavior change;

* novel systems, devices, or interfaces that support stewardship of the natural environment;

* social networking tools that support environmentally friendly actions;

* new business models that promote sustainable use of pervasive devices;

* lessons learned from, conceptual frameworks, and methods for integrating sustainability into pervasive computing;

* qualitative or quantitative studies of sustainable practices;

* user studies examining how pervasive technologies mediate, redefine, or otherwise influence sustainable behaviors;

* low-power hardware; and

* resource-efficient system design


Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words long and should follow the magazine's guidelines on style and presentation. All submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with normal practice for scientific publications. Submissions should be received by 23 June 2008 to receive full consideration.


In addition to full-length submissions, we also invite work-in-progress submissions of 250 words or less. These will not be peer-reviewed but will be reviewed by the Department Editor, Anthony Joseph, and, if accepted, edited by the staff into a feature for the issue. The deadline for work-in-progress submissions is 1 November 2008.

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View the bookmarks list by 100 and you will see a lot of useful things, I think so anyway. http://delicious.com/TradeSkillsLLC/?setcount=100



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