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After 96 years, still dreaming of the future

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Earth and what it will look like in 50 years is something scientists, sci-fi fans, and many kids daydream about. There's a big dreamer right here in Florida who is perhaps the oldest living "futurist."

Jacque Fresco has been around to see the visions that didn't pan out.

"Nothing's final. There are no final frontiers," he offered.

At age 96, he's predicted the future for nearly a century. His vision is a throwback to the 50's with dome buildings and automated everything. It's a society he's dreamed, planned, and designed for 75 years.

"All things undergo change. You can attempt to freeze a kingdom but other nations will pass you by," he continued.

His kingdom lies down a dirt road, hidden away in South Florida. He calls it the "Venus Project." It's where his ideas were born and thousands of models were built to explain them. Fresco believes technology advances any brave new world but society holds us back.

"I'd like to see a world without war, hatred, racism, bigotry and prejudice. That's all generated by culture," he said.

Philosophy aside, he invents things to make life easier -- robots, spaceships, and cities built on the sea. Most of his creations sit on shelves, tucked away in his dome buildings, surrounded by dried-out ponds, waiting for reality to catch-up to his vision.

"Every three months or so, there are so many new inventions and patents. That changes the way we think and the way we do things," he said.

He hopes his computer-driven technology will save lives and the world. He believes we're not using the best of technology today.

The futurist's job is never done, always dreaming of utopia.

"Build a beautiful garden of Eden everywhere. Wipe out all the slums of the earth," he explained.

Lofty goals indeed, searching for a better tomorrow.

"Even the cities I design are the best I know up to now. Two weeks from now I'll change them."

It's a path to the future where the finish line keeps moving ahead.

"No best way to do anything. It's a constant change."

The Venus Project just released a film called "Paradise or Oblivion." It's a documentary produced by the Frescos offering a unique look inside their vision of the future. You can watch it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KphWsnhZ4Ag

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