Paradise or Oblivion (2012)

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A documentary to introduce the aims and proposals of the Venus Project.


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A documentary to introduce the aims and proposals of the Venus Project.

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Jacque Fresco: Today we have highly advanced technologies, but our economic and social system has not kept up with our technological capabilities, which could otherwise easily create a world of abundance for all people, free of servitude and debt.
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Paradise or Oblivion
6 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's all a question of perspective. After listening John Lennon's "Imagine", some may call him hippie, others like me, strongly believe humanity will either come to our senses or disappear altogether. I suggest watching diverse documentaries, read articles and books about science, technology, history, organized religion, philosophy, economy, politics, environment, and so on. Do some research, and ask questions, then ask more questions and Google, Google, and Google more for answers. YouTube some Ralph Nader, Bill Maher(Real Time), or Noam Chomsky for a change.

I guess, people will learn the hard way. Native North American proverb: "Only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we can't eat money."

Everything you see is run by corporate owners, even your government, all in pursue of better ROI. Government is corporate tool for population control, therefore non stop TV propaganda (see some Dan Rather's speech on how it's done). Corporate owners are reclaiming resources around the world and government and military is there to protect corporate interest. We are treated by corporate owners as a resource as well (how disgraceful) and there are plenty of us, so you figure how important you are in current setting. Population growth is our largest problem. Lack of resources is our second biggest problem. Pollution is third.

Oil and other precious resources reserve estimates are exaggerated. Moreover, demand has risen during the last decade rapidly. Extraction cost and damage to environment is growing. Be sure, you will see $10 per gallon before the end of current decade if $ valuation at all counts few years from now. Natural gas extraction poisons our soil and government is doing nothing to regulate this industry for reasons I already mentioned above. Amounts of other precious materials needed for advanced technology devices you are replacing every year are rapidly decreasing and some can't be replaced. It will be interesting to see expression on Apple executive faces when Chinese simple can't deliver any more, regardless of price… although that's bad example as Apple will most likely not be much regarded few years from now.

The point of Venus Project, Zeitgeist and alike, the way I see it is similar to Star Trek effect. Many commonly used devices today (e.g. smart phones or 3D printers) started when current engineers watched the show as kids. As for tools needed for all to share and donate their knowledge and experience to contribute to Venus or similar projects are available to all. Internet, collaboration, and cloud technologies makes such projects possible. Keep your eyes and ears open and get involved... or start one. Work on developing fall back solutions (say hi to Elon from me), which is way better then sitting on sofa (or pew) waiting for riots.

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