The Venus Project’s “thinking city is either an inspirational concept in new city design or a spectacular visual dream with little practical basis. It is, in fact, difficult to interpret which Jacque Fresco’s elaborate designs fall under because of the vague, overly simple, often obscure and rather pedantic language used to describe these fascinating concepts. Under the umbrella concept of “Cities that Think”Fresco includes a Cybernated Government, University of Global Resource Management, Subterranean Cities and Intelligent Housing.
Reality aside, the project’s designs in eneral city planning, transportation, fuel, housing and recreation are imaginative, very attractive and suggestive of a clean, energy efficient and streamlined future. How the artist’s concepts are achieved is another matter. Here are some examples of their new “world” society: Cybernated government: “The human mind is far too simple to handle and put to practical use the voluminous information needed to operate a highly technical and advanced world society…
Eventually the central cybernated systems will coordinate all of the machinery and equipment that serve the entire city, the nation and ultimately he world. One can think of it as an electronic automatic nervous system extending into all areas of the social complex. ” Obsolete Monetary System: “Our current monetary system is not capable of providing a high standard of living for everyone, nor can it ensure the protection of the environment because the major motive is profit… n a monetary system purchasing power is not related to our capacity to produce goods and services. Today money is used to regulate the economy not for the benefit of the general populace, but for those who control the financial wealth of nations. Resource-Based Economy: “Simply stated, a resource-based economy utilizes existing resources rather than money and provides an equitable method of distributing these resources in the most efficient manner for the entire population.
It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form or debt or servitude… Earth is abundant with plentiful resources; today our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival. Venus Project By egoipsissimus