"All the marvels and wonders of technology can amount to nothing unless it elevates humans to their highest potential" --
Today's quote is by Jacque Fresco, an inventor who I had the pleasure of meeting at a conference a few years ago. He describles himself most often as a multi-disciplinarian or “generalist” -- a student of many inter-related fields. He is a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life (he is now 89 years old) conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales which entail the use of innovative technology.
The quote comes from the film Future by Design, a documentary film by Academy Award® nominated Hollywood filmmaker William Gazecki --the film is a visually and intellectually engaging exploration of one man’s vision of a future where war is outdated, there is no shortage of any necessary resource, and our focus as a species is sustainability. But far from presenting a vision of Utopia, this documentary demonstrates a “possible future” -- with real and viable alternatives to our current paradigm of militarism and commercialism.
In the Future by Design, all systems work together. The personal, social, economic, industrial and governance arenas are all interconnected and balanced into one functional system. The Future by Design is a true participatory democracy, where each member of the society has the opportunity to input their needs, opinions and preferences into the central computer, which then assesses and analyzes all information to determine the use of resources in manufacturing distribution of goods and services. For an inspiring look at humanity's potential, check it out at futurebydesign.org.
[Models & Photos by Jacque Fresco & Roxanne Meadows]