THE KNIGHT
Vol. 15, Iss. 11, p. 3
Monday, Dec. 6, 2004
 
FUTURIST FILMED AT NSU FOR UNIQUE DOCUMENTARY FILM

by Greg Kriakakis
Staff Writer

Documentary filmmaker William Gazecki and futurist Jacque Fresco filmed a segment for the upcoming documentary, The Future By Design, at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center on November 19. Gazecki chose Fresco for his latest film because "he has a unique vision" for the future, and he hopes to show his finished work in theaters and on television. A small audience of NSU students and faculty were able to interact with the futurist, all of which was filmed for the documentary.

While cameras rolled, Fresco described his vision of the society of the future, which hinges on the structure of the city. Entire cities will be constructed at one time, rather than building by building, as to provide for a solid infrastructure. More intelligent planning will also be implemented. For example, instead of constructing new roads to alleviate heavy traffic, work schedules · will be better organized to ensure employees do not clock out at the same time. As the global population increases, cities will continue to move upward to accommodate everyone.

Fresco talked about influences that are guiding the direction of a. world culture. ''In the future, you will pledge allegiance to .the earth," rather than to a single nation. He believes that the world's problems are technical, not political, and that "we don't need politicians." Fresco wants a new direction for the world, but says that "the system has to collapse" in order for that complete change to occur. This includes moving to a resource-based economy in which everything is shared and money do not exist. Scientific and technology will be used to solve problems, rather than to create weapons systems which he called "extensions of human ignorance." In Fresco's vision of the future, those who build bombs are "jackasses, not scientists."

Fresco has held a number of important professional positions, including research engineering and consultant positions, and created the Revel Plastics Company. He has authored various books and articles for numerous publications, and has an impressive number of inventions and designs patented. The Venus Project and the non-profit Future by Design, Fresco's research projects, enable him to study global issues and provide solutions. Gazecki is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker, who has also been presented with the International Documentary Association's Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award. His most recent works include the crime documentary Reckless Indifference, and an investigation into electronic voting, Invisible Ballots.