He may be one of the most underrated visionary design futurists of the 20th century. Born in Brooklyn New York in 1916; Jacque Fresco is a self-educated structural designer, philosopher of science, concept artist, educator urban planner and futurist. During his life Fresco, created thousands of design ideas, he holds numerous patents on architectural designs, transportation systems and medical devices. What started as an effort to match design concepts with form and function evolved in to an entire design philosophy that takes a human centered approach to industrial design and large scale social planning. Fresco has created entire city systems that are visually stunning, functional, elegant and resource efficient. His design approach extends the planning, resource usage and automated assembly systems required to implement his ideas. Although his designs are ambitious, future focused and functional some that have seen Fresco’s work consider him to be a nothing more than a utopian dreamer. Others see his work as simply too impractical, merely conceptual or simply too unrealistic to ever come to fruition. According to Fresco; “We do not believe in the erroneous notion of a utopian society. There is no such thing. Societies are always in a state of transition. We propose an alternative direction, which addresses the causes of many of our problems. There are no final frontiers for human and technological achievement.” The fact is Jacque Fresco is a big thinker, his work seeks to redesign human civilization from the ground up.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:21 — 16.8MB) ‘Mobile’ dominated a good portion of today’s show. A good deal was discussed regarding the Google buyout of Motorola. We talked about how this could be very bad and how Google TV could be effected. We discuss the Artilect war, tattoos that can be used to transmit different types of data and why Netflix is testing a kids version of online streaming. On today’s Mobile Moment, Tony also goes over the Blackberry Bold 9930, the Motorola DEFY+ and Grid OS. For show notes and cutting edge tech news check out the Lazy Tech Guys
Hosts: Victor Bognot, Radford Castro, Tony Hannides, Sean Wilburn
Special Guest: Ken from Ebongeek.com
01:34 – Motorola is acquired by Google/ Why this could be a disaster
22:48 – How could the acquisition effect Google TV
33:11 – Technology that gets under your skin
40:42 – Rumor: Apple increasing sales goals and iPhone 4G in testing
50:54 – Netflix for kids
57:40 – Intelligent Machines and the Artilect War
1:13:23 – Mobile Moment: Blackberry on Verizon, Grid OS, DEFY+
1:32:21- PS Vita launched compared to car wreck
1:37:42 – Android and iPhone user comparison chart discussion
IBM has created a supercomputer that functions like a human brain. It’s called SyNAPSE or Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics and it has the ability to learn. According to DARPA; “The vision for the SyNAPSE program is to develop electronic neuromorphic machine technology that scales to biological levels. SyNAPSE supports an unprecedented multidisciplinary approach coordinating aggressive technology development activities in the following areas: hardware, architecture, simulation, and environment.” Source: DARPA This technology could change the world and as such it is likely that its very existence will stir both wonder in some and deep fears in others.
Editors note: As we approach the Singularity it is important to keep a level head and an open mind about these ground breaking developments. There will always be the need to ask questions, have debates and consider the implications of what it means to live in a world of thinking machines. At EBG we see debate about these topics as a good thing, but fear and millenarian proclamations about this development or that development only serve to stifle healthy debate and ultimately contributes to a world view that sees technology only as something to fear.