Bionics boosted in Canada

The Canadian government is a pioneer in transhumanism. Through its organization "Policy Horizons", it wishes to promote "the complete physical integration of biological and digital entities" in order to "modify the human being - our body, our mind and our behavior".

This progress is to be welcomed. Researcher Marcus Ballinger defines bionics in the following way: "The idea of bionics is really the convergence of two fields that are often considered separate. Basically, you take something biological and something digital and combine the two.

Like the "DragonflEye" for example, what they do is they take a dragonfly, so a biological entity, and they put a chip on its back and they connect it to a sensor that allows them to stimulate the nerves of the biological entity and control the dragonfly. It's a simple integration of two things, pretty obvious to everybody.

The other is where there are huge advances in one area that depend on advances in other disciplines. For example, we now know that genes turn things on or off, but we only know that because we have huge digital technologies that allow us to sequence the genome. We can use artificial intelligence to spot the right genes, so we couldn't have had these advances in biology without the advances in digital.

The third possibility is a more conceptual convergence. We thought that life was rather random and unpredictable, something mysterious. On the other hand, digital technologies were considered to be highly predictable and precise: a computer is programmed for a particular task, and it does not deviate from it at all.

What we see in this convergence is that we now understand biology. In fact, it is much more predictable, much closer to digital, we can program genetic sequences or program DNA to do specific tasks, so we can program organisms in a way that is comparable to what we did for machines.

Conversely, we see digital technologies becoming more complex, such as artificial intelligence, which sometimes behaves in unexpected ways. In many ways, it's starting to look like what we thought biology was, unpredictable, random, so when you look at it more closely, you can see it as the integration or synthesis of those two concepts, rather than two separate elements."