I just finished watching this great documentary on a man named Jacque Fresco, who has been likened by many to a modern day Leonardo Da Vinci.
Future by Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci.
Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a generalist or multi-disciplinarian – a student of many inter-related fields.
He is a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life (he is now 90 years old) conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales which entail the use of innovative technology.
As a futurist, Jacque is not only a conceptualist and a theoretician, but he is also an engineer and a designer.
It becomes apparent very quickly why this is proclaimed by fans of Jacque Fresco as he is an incredibly and broadly accomplished man who seems to have his finger in every creative pie going around. He’s definitely well ahead of his time with it comes to his designs and technological ideas, and I wish that he’d had the required funding to back a lot of his projects.
However, all of that said I didn’t agree a great deal with his political point of view. He seems to be somewhat of an anarcho-socialist. That is to say that he champions a futurist society where no government exists and people have access to everything they need equally. His justifies some of his arguments well, and his intentions are admirable, and I’m sure most of us would love to live in a world like that if it existed. However, I just don’t know how it would ever come about, and sustain itself indefinitely.
The Zeitgeist: Addendum and The Venus Project hoax documentary apparently rebuts the ideology behind Jacque’s future society (you can read much of their arguments in the overview of the doco if you follow the above link). However, I still recommend watching it just for the sake of encouraging your imagination. Most of Jacque’s concepts and designs are truly astonishing.