The Venus Project

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The Venus Project


The Venus Project logo

Motto

Beyond Politics, Poverty, War

Formation

1995; 18 years ago

Type

Non-profit Organization

Purpose/focus

Society restructuration

Location

Venus, Florida, United States

Key people

Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows

Website

www.thevenusproject.com

The Venus Project is an organization started by self-educated structural engineer, industrial designer, and futurist Jacque Fresco. Fresco's project aims to restructure society through worldwide utilization of a theoretical design that he calls a resource-based economy. Those ideas use a version of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management and advanced automation with a global socio-economic system based on social cooperation and scientific methodology.

Contents  [hide

  1. 11 History

  2. 22 Resource-based economy

    1. 12.1 Automation

    2. 22.2 Energy management

    3. 32.3 Jobs and unemployment

  3. 33 The Zeitgeist Movement

  4. 44 References

  5. 55 See also

  6. 66 External links

History[edit source | editbeta]



Jacque Fresco (right) with Roxanne Meadows

The Venus Project was started in 1995 by Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows in Venus, Florida, United States.[1]

Resource-based economy[edit source | editbeta]

The term 'resource-based economy' is used by the Venus Project to describe a hypothetical economic system in which, goods, services and information are free. Fresco's system is based on the idea that the earth is abundant with plentiful resources but that our current practice of what he calls 'rationing' resources through monetary methods or a price system method is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.[2]

Automation[edit source | editbeta]



A self-building construction

In a resource-based economy, most industries are automated, from food production, the production of electronics to the building of houses. The production of goods is controlled by a central computer system that calculates on the basis of human needs for given goods and services and human holds only control function. The system also provides for the development of artificial intelligence and robotics that will allow to minimize the human factor.

Energy management[edit source | editbeta]

The system involves the abandonment of fossil fuels for energy production to renewable energy sources such as geothermal, controlled nuclear fusion, solar, wind, wave and tidal power[3]. Currently used methods of energy production leads to slow environmental degradation and increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and the abundance of deposits of fossil fuels is on the verge of exhaustion. Production of energy from renewable sources can eliminate the problem of lack of energy, problems with the transmission, as well as the problem of increased demand for energy in the future.

Jobs and unemployment[edit source | editbeta]

In a resource-based economy the need to work is reduced to a minimum. Most of the work is automated and fully human only acts as a control function and is responsible for the development of systems and research that have the potential to deliver even greater mental humanity. Unlike the monetary system wherein, along with automation unemployment increases, which results in the shift of workers in the service sector and the emergence of professions that do not produce any real wealth, in an economy based on resources, unemployment becomes less important and professions such as lawyer and banker, an insurance agent, marketer, advertiser, salesman, stockbroker etc. are completely eliminated.

The Zeitgeist Movement[edit source | editbeta]

Main article: The Zeitgeist Movement

The Venus Project and its proposals for social and environmental problems are featured prominently in the documentary-style film Zeitgeist: Addendum.[4] The film premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008, receiving their top award.[5] It was released online for free on YouTube.[6] The film prompted the formation of the Zeitgeist Movement, established to promote the aims of the Venus Project.[citation needed] In 2011, an additional film, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, was released, again featuring the Venus Project and its proposals.

In April 2011, the Venus Project formally disassociated itself from the Zeitgeist Movement, saying it did not feel properly represented.[citation needed]

References[edit source | editbeta]

  1. 1.^ http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=the+venus+project&Search_Code=TALL&PID=LPYFCPzRGyQBj6k9ziJymSsIGYYR5&SEQ=20130828200730&CNT=25&HIST=1 Retrieved August-29-2013

  2. 2.^ http://www.thevenusproject.com/about/resource-based-economy Retrieved August-30-2013

  3. 3.^ http://www.thevenusproject.com/en/technology/energy

  4. 4.^ "Zeitgeist: Addendum", Video (YouTube), retrieved 2012-04-25

  5. 5.^ Home :: The Artivist Film Festival, October 2008, retrieved 27 August 2012, "Presenting The 2008 Artivist Award Winners! "ZEITGEIST ADDENDUM" Director: Peter Joseph. Best Feature – Artivist Spirit Award"

  6. 6.^ Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, January 2011, retrieved 13 August 2013

See also[edit source | editbeta]

  1. Technocracy movement

External links[edit source | editbeta]


Wikimedia Commons has media related to: The Venus Project

  1. Official website

    1. The Venus Project's channel on YouTube

  2. www.thevenusproject.com/images/stories/Looking-Forward-v2.pdfLooking Forward – Author: Kenneth S. Keyes, jr. and Jacque Fresco – free pdf ebook