If you don’t know who Bucky Fuller is then you are in for a treat of incredible proportion. Even Einstein was amazed by him.
‘Bucky’, as he liked to be called, had written an article “E=mc2=Mrs Murphy’s Horse-power” and wanted to have the essay published in his first book, “Ten Chains To The Moon”. But there was a problem. The publishers could not find Fuller’s name on the list of people authorized to speak on Einstein’s discoveries and so were not willing to publish the piece.
Fuller simply suggested that the publishers send a copy of the article to Einstein for his approval, and so they did. Months later Einstein invited Fuller to meet with his and that is when he said “Young man, you amaze me. I never thought anyone would find any practical use of my science.”
Sadly, the first practical use that Einstein’s discover was put to was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan which ended World War II, and caused devastating loss of life and decades and decades of suffering, both human and environmental.
Fuller was not your typical academic, research scientist or entrepreneur.
He was generally designing artifacts that would not be required for years and years to come, many were fifty years ahead of their time, often the materials required or the technology hadn’t even been invented yet but Bucky could still “see it”.
Take a look at Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Vehicle or his assembly line produced – helicopter delivered Dymaxion houses shown above and you will see what we mean (click on the short video above).
Bucky talked about a time when the computer (not actually invented at the time) would LIST what needed to be done next in order that we could become a physical success on planet Earth. Towards the end of his life (Bucky passed away April 1983 aged 87 ) he believed that it was still “touch and go” if we would make it into the twenty first century … or destroy ourselves in one insane nuclear devastating conflict.
So where is this computer that Bucky talked about today? I read yesterday that a typical iPhone has more computer power than all of the computers used in World War II.
Any trained risk engineer or risk manager will know quite intimately what Bucky was talking about.
Indeed a quantitative risk assessment provides a (albeit micro portion of) such a list. The risk assessment looks at the cost effectiveness of a whole range of solutions to one or many problems (or potential problems = risks) and can sort them according to the greatest risk reduction (or benefit) per dollar spent. I’m an engineer and not an accountant but the term cost-benefit analysis would be similar assuming it can assess the COST OF RISK.
Many environmentalists have said for decades that the long term costs of pollution and degradation have not been adequately costed into many cost-benefit models.
The computer Bucky was talking about considers the entire “well-being of everyone on planet Earth”, not a particular section or country … or a particular income class. The “mission” if you like is to produce an outcome where every individual man, woman and child on Earth has the freedom and the opportunity to fully enjoy life on Earth.
That is how we want families to be isn’t it, or how we want our community to be … inclusive, and without discrimination.
Bucky Fuller was clear that we were entering an era where we had the resources and the know-how to elevate the lifestyle of every person on Earth to a level no one has yet experienced. It is not about bringing down the wealthy and successful, but elevating everyone including those 3% who are the wealthiest of all to an entirely new level.
The reality TODAY is that everyone on Earth is an equal member of our global community, and the success of each of us is dependent on the success of everyone.
“Ignoring facts, explaining away problems, and refusing to see the world as it really is doesn’t change reality. It only invites catastrophe.” — James Collins and William Lazier, Beyond Entrepreneurship C1992.
When this secret computer that Bucky could see is built, what will the list of jobs it produces look like? Many solutions to preventable disease are known to have minimal costs. These solutions together with the redistribution of food on a need basis rather than simply on a supply and demand basis would be towards the top of the list to end hunger.
According to Bucky any scarce resources would be placed under protection for the common good. Abundant resources would be shared freely, because technology has indeed now ensured they are abundant.
How comfortable do you feel you would be with this inclusive approach?
If you are already one of the very wealthy people on-board planet Earth today how would you feel? Recent statistics from the United States say that the top 3% of income earners in that country earn more money than the other 97% (and pay more tax), and yet the country is technically bankrupt.
The unofficial unemployment rate in the United States is evidently around twenty percent. In Spain the official unemployment rate of 18 to 25 year olds is some 24% … with surrounding countries having similar figures.
What an incredibly valuable resource we have that is being wasted at a time of enormous need.
As Collins and Lazier said … ignoring facts can lead to catastrophe.
In the decade before World War II notable statesmen in the United Kingdom warned of the imminent threat posed by Germany as Hitler amassed it’s war ready army but they chose to ignore it. There were too many economic reasons (profit) stopping those with vested interests listening to the warnings.
Today we appear to be in a very similar position.
Thankfully organizations like:
- Your Healthy Planet,
- Buckminster Fuller Institute,
- Rocky Mountains Institute and
- GENI are working towards bringing a computer guided future into existence.