The Venus Project

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The Venus Project is an organization that advocates American futurist Jacque Fresco’s visions of the future with the aim of improving society by moving towards a global sustainable social design that they call a ‘resource-based economy.’ Such a system incorporates sustainable cities and values, energy efficiency, collective farms, natural resource management and advanced automation, focusing on the benefits they claim it will bring to humanity.

The name of the organization originates from Venus, Florida, where its research center is located, near Lake Okeechobee. Within the center are ten buildings, designed by Fresco, which showcase the architecture of the project.

The Venus Project was started around 1975 by Jacque Fresco and by former portrait artist Roxanne Meadows. Its research center is a 21-acre property with various domed buildings of his design. The project is a two-part business: a non-profit company called ‘Future by Design’ and a for-profit company called ‘Venus Project Inc./Global Cybervisions Inc.’

The Venus Project was founded on the idea that all of society is fundamentally corrupt and that this corruption comes from the use of money. Fresco instead advocates what he refers to as a resource-based economy, which is an economy where resources are allocated by a computerized automated system referred to as the Cybernation.

In a resource-based economy, resources are allocated into the goods and services in consumer demand, based on factors of availability, sustainability and technological advancement. The role of money would be phased out, instead central computers serve a lineup of goods and services, which citizens may order upon demand; central computers serve the lineup of goods based on sustainability and the latest in technological advancement; obsolete, unwanted, or unused goods would be recycled, reduced and/or reused, resource waste is a burden the system must eliminate to function efficiently.

Fresco provides an example of a resource-based economy in the following quote:

‘At the beginning of World War II the U.S. had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was no, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately, this is only considered in times of war.’

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