Monday, July 8, 1968; p. ?


by Sharon Tyler
Herald Writer

Bearded Jacque Fresco doesn't want to take over the government of the U.S.

However, he does want his concept of government to take over.

According to Fresco, a 52-year-old Miami inventor and utopian philosopher, it's not far away.

"Within the next two or three years the government will call on scientists and social scientists to solve the smashing problems of this country," Fresco says.

His concept of future America is a technocratic society, where machines perform the "menial tasks," freeing humans to pursue the creative fields of art and science.

Fresco believes that a group, known as Technocra[cy], comes closest to providing the answers to what he considers the nations problems. Technocra[cy] is composed of a cross-section of citizens, ranging from scientists to housewives. It publishes its views in a monthly magazine for members. Fresco subscribes to "Technocra[cy]."

He firmly believes that the U.S. will turn to a government comprised of thousands of men, who are selected "not by their rhetoric but by their capability. There will be no one leader . . . decisions will be made by the person most qualified in that area."

"Don't get me wrong, the future I envision will not be run by a scientific elite, but by scientific methods," said the inventor of a 32-part car, which lies unfinished in a garage due to lack of funds.

Donations from lectures, magazine articles, and approximately 15 inventions including medical, electronic, surgical, and aircraft structures, provide his income, he said. He and co-author Kenneth Keyes, of Miami, have a book "Looking Forward" scheduled to be published in three months, he said.

Fresco, who came to Miami 12 years ago when a Los Angeles freeway plowed through his California lab, expounds before a devoted group of listeners in thrice-weekly lectures at his lab-home at 3112 SW 23rd st.

And industrial engineer for thirty years, he now tinkers and designs in his home and is a part-time adviser to a plastics firm. His designs range from the utilitarian, a 180-degree door hinge, to the futuristic pre-fab house of the future.

An adviser to one of the first space science fiction movies in 1935, his walls are hung with panels of space stations cities, which he envisions for the future.

"In my society, people will be law abiding because they will be living a life of fulfillment," he said.