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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 ... See full summary »

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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. Written by Gazecki, William

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Wrongfully categorized as a documentary
3 April 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This isn't as much a documentary feature as it is a propaganda vehicle for the lead character Jacque Fresco.

From the outset we are presented with Jacque Fresco as the new Leonardo Da Vinci and receive no questioning as to Mr. Fresco's ideas. We aren't even treated to anything deeper about Mr. Fresco than superficial background information and the reason why he knows what he's talking about is that he has observed the world. For almost 1 and a half an hour Mr. Fresco speaks about society, environment, the monetary system and offering a utopian alternative.

All of this is wonderful and Mr. Fresco do have some good ideas and thoughts. Unfortunately there is inherent contradictions in his train of thought.

Fresco uses a lot of time in iterating how our current communications-form isn't viable. His proposed alternative is that of communicating scientifically. Because in science we only communicate factually and not in belief, in his opinion. This is funny because Fresco apparently do not understand that most science is build on belief in theory. Which becomes even funnier when most of what Fresco proposes is what HE believes in.

Fresco isn't trained in anything apparently and we aren't even given much reason to believe in him other than he has looked at the world so he has a lot of "empirical evidence". For instance at one point he begins his lecture on society and anthropology. Fresco BELIEVES that the right environment will cure any animosity, anger and so on, in people. So with his system we effectively could remove prisons, wars and the likes from the world. He apparently do not factor into his calculations that humans aren't necessarily logical. And this is the problem with much of his reasoning. Most of his thoughts are just that and are not backed by practice.

I don't know why this "documentary" has a director, because there really was no need. There are no interviews with anyone other than the main character and his indoctrinated assistant. So there are no counterpoints, no scrutiny, nothing objective and nothing which opens this "documentary" up for questioning.

In all essence Jacque Fresco is apparently nothing more than a concept artist with some good ideas who, in this "documentary", is more along the lines of a "cult" leader whom always speaks the truth and are above questioning.


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