by Amanda Brown
March 27, 2022
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"Preposterous!" you say, but the director of Policy Horizons Canada who created the report was formerly the head of Strategic Foresight at the 'World Economic Forum,' the global home of all things Technocratic and Transhuman, i.e., the Great Reset.


Canada explores transhuman society.

The report examines the implications

of the assimilation of digital technologies,

that in essence, would fundamentally

re-imagine life on

an individual,  environmental,

and societal level...


The Government of Canada's think-tank, Policy Horizons Canada, published a report titled Exploring Biodigital Convergence looking at transhumanism.


Biodigital convergence can be defined as,

the intersection and synthesis of biological systems with digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), biometrics and genetic engineering.


In the human realm, this field is called transhumanism...

The report examines the implications of the assimilation of digital technologies with biological entities that, in essence, would fundamentally re-imagine life on an individual, environmental, and societal level.


More concisely, the reconfiguration - if realized - would radically redefine,

what it means to be human...

Transhumanism is no longer a concept confined to a generation of cheesy Hollywood B-movies - the technology exists right here, right now.


Policy Horizons Canada is a federal government organization conducting policy research into potential future scenarios for Canadian society and its economic and industrial future.


Its mandate is to help the Canadian government create future-oriented policies and frameworks that anticipate emerging challenges in near and distant time frames.


Kristel Van der Elst, the current director general of Policy Horizons Canada and former head of strategic foresight at the World Economic Forum, provides an overview in the report.

"In the coming years, biodigital technologies could be woven into our lives in the way that digital technologies are now.


Biological and digital systems are converging, and could change the way we work, live, and even evolve as a species.


More than a technological change, this biodigital convergence may transform the way we understand ourselves and cause us to redefine what we consider human or natural," Van der Elst said in the report's foreword.


"Guided by its mandate, Policy Horizons Canada intends to start an informed and meaningful dialogue about plausible futures for biodigital convergence and the policy questions that may arise.


In this initial paper, we define and explore biodigital convergence - why it is important to explore now, its characteristics, what new capabilities could arise from it, and some initial policy implications.


We want to engage with a broad spectrum of partners and stakeholders on what 'our' biodigital future might look like, how this convergence might affect sectors and industries, and how our relationships with technology, nature, and even life itself could evolve," she said.

The report's summary describes the evolution of digital technologies as thus far having had "powerful effects" on society, also that biodigital convergence might present people with challenges that will,

"in ways... be profoundly disruptive to our assumptions about society, the economy, and our bodies."

In summary, the fusion of nature and technology at this level will profoundly alter systems in a variety of unprecedented ways, the report said they will:

  • change human beings - our bodies, minds, and behaviors

  • change or create other organisms

  • alter ecosystems

  • sense, store, process, and transmit information

  • manage biological innovation

  • structure and manage production and supply chains

Outlining the convergence of human and machine, the report explicitly defines Policy Horizons Canada's vision.

"Digital technology can be embedded in organisms, and biological components can exist as parts of digital technologies.


The physical meshing, manipulating, and merging of the biological and digital are creating new hybrid forms of life and technology, each functioning in the tangible world, often with heightened capabilities," the report said.

The report outlines "Three ways biodigital convergence is emerging," namely:

  1. Full physical integration of biological and digital entities

  2. Co-evolution of biological and digital technologies

  3. Conceptual convergence of biological and digital systems


Genetically engineered phosphorescent mice.

Image courtesy Ingrid Moenet et al, 2012



The document also touches on the genetic modification of biological systems and CRISPR gene-editing technology.


The genetic engineering of food, resources, animals, insects, and even humans is well past the start post.


Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for agriculture have been on the world's dinner plates since the early '90s.


The vast majority of processed foods on the supermarket shelves now contain unlabelled GMOs. In the U.S., you may well be served a genetically engineered serving of salmon engineered to grow much faster than natural wild salmon.


CRISPR gene editing belongs to the third generation of gene editing technology.


Since its discovery, it has attracted the attention of a great number of researchers in various fields and has commanded significant investment.


Researchers published a series of articles in academia and obtained groundbreaking research results through in-depth investigation and study.


This technology has developed rapidly in recent years and been widely applied in many fields, especially in medicine.

CRISPR technology developed in 2012 has been in commercial use for several years.


CRISPR, pronounced "crisper," is an acronym for ‘Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.'

Its use is mostly unregulated in Canada and the U.S.


Biodigital convergence, however, takes the fusion of biology and tech to a whole new level.


A 2019 article authored by Peter Rüegg described how CRISPR technology is being used to create biocomputers - an integration of cellular biology and nano-biotechnology.

"A team of researchers led by Martin Fussenegger, professor of biotechnology and bioengineering at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel, have now found a way to use biological components to construct a flexible core processor, or central processing unit (CPU), that accepts different kinds of programming.


The processor developed by the ETH scientists is based on a modified CRISPR-Cas9 system and basically can work with as many inputs as desired in the form of RNA molecules," the article said.

In the United Kingdom, in May 2021, the Ministry of Defence published a report titled Human Augmentation - The Dawn of a New Paradigm.


In it the ministry explores biodigital convergence in the military and defence arenas.

"Civil military collaboration will be vital.


Relationships with industry and academia will be key to understanding how emerging human augmentation technologies could be repurposed or developed for defense.


Although not necessarily a model that Western defense organizations would wish to replicate, China's human augmentation experimentation is being led by the People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Science.


United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) prominent role in the innovation ecosystem is another example of how defence organizations could foster more mutually supportive links with industry," the report said.

On the topic of human augmentation - a field of biodigital convergence - the UK's defense ministry report summarizes its predictions.

"Human augmentation technologies will also present new opportunities for increased survivability.


Exoskeletons would allow personnel to wear heavier armor with less impact on their endurance, speed, and maneuverability.


The treatment of battlefield injuries would be transformed by enabling more sophisticated medical care to be delivered closer to the point of wounding.


This could include synthetic powdered blood, optimized for battlefield trauma, and stored at room temperature until needed.


3D-printed tissue and organs could be designed, manufactured and applied further forward in the medical chain with the help of robotically assisted surgery or surgeons using telemedicine.


Each of these technologies is in development now and could be realized in the next 20 years," the report said.

As these futuristic technologies continue to evolve, it's possible we may witness a shift from the concept of vitalism.


Vitalism is the idea natural life is purely chemical or physical in nature.

Rather, our understanding of nature might alter to accommodate the idea that nature is predictable, controllable, programmable, and malleable using and integrating digital and nano-technologies.

How we respond is up to us...