Part 1 of the Series, “Of Monkeys, Mice and Men: From Natural Bodies to Digitized Bots“
Governments should prepare for the “biodigital convergence”
~ Tse Hao Guang, Strategist at the Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF) in Singapore
As stated on September 10, 2020, in the article, “Bio-surveillance in the Era of COVID-19,” by Tse Hao Guang, “Canadian think-tank Policy Horizons has recently articulated the potential for a ‘biodigital convergence,’ where biological and digital systems interpenetrate to change the way we live, work, and even define what is natural or human. The rise of bio-surveillance, accelerated by COVID-19, is undoubtedly one undercurrent of this driving force. The need to ensure safety and order through more direct and fine-grained monitoring of human bodies has led to these new methods of sensemaking.”
What we are experiencing is a sporogenesis of technocracy, and more specifically, the augmentation of nature and humanity utilizing biodigital convergence — with the intention of propelling civilization into a post-nature and post-human existence. While the roots of technocracy trace back to the 16th century with Francis Bacon, who is recognized as the father of technocracy, there is a tiny 55 year-old country that has dispersed its techno-progeny spores across the world — that which is S’pore, or Singapore.
Most researchers (including myself) have been focusing efforts on revealing the central role of The World Economic Forum as framing and influencing (with potential forethought) this plandemic scenario and its seemingly correlated world re-ordering. There are additional players afoot deserving of exploration and attention.
There is a trail (more like a swarm) of s’pores emanating from “the little red dot” (AKA Singapore), that seems to be weaving together the techno-color dreamcoat blanketing this envisioned global transformation, including the re-genesis of homo sapiens. It seems fitting to evoke the story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as it is based on the Bible story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis — entailing dire predictions, slavery, temptation, and the preservation of fellow man. George Church and Ed Regis, in their book Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, attempted to reassure readers, “But even if the rate of technological progress, including genomic technology and the march toward transhumanism, is not known in advance, it is at least within human control. And that should be a comforting thought.”
Sorry, but I do not take any comfort in this assertion, particularly when the authors juxtaposed it with this statement, “At the end of such a great story you may ask, What’s next? The safest way to make a bet about a future event is to heavily influence it. Like many great stories, the story of the genome includes a moral, a prescription for the future. Twenty years, the length of time we’ve been able to read the language of DNA, seems ridiculously short compared to the long saga of the genome itself. But twenty years seems like an eternity now that key technologies (like electronics) are changing exponentially at a 1.5-fold per year rate, or even at the 10-fold per year speed at which improvements are being made in DNA reading and writing. Whether passive or active, we can study the future by projecting the consequences of taking either of two branches at the many forks in the road ahead—and taking each to its logical extreme.”
How extreme are the transhumanists willing to go?
When referring to the trend toward transhumanism and “Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns,” Church and Regis expressed, “Kurzweil himself holds that future technological change will be so rapid and profound that it will constitute ‘a rupture in the fabric of human history.’”
My sincere concern is that this rupture may tear apart the very biological fabric that keeps us in harmony and balance with the sacredness of Nature. The fast and furious futurists’ techno-color fabric may seem glitzy and glittery to the unsuspecting masses now, but this revamped version seems off-the-hinges, and may ultimately, leave humanity chained in digital bondage—naked in a fully synthetic, cybernetic, bioengineered Garden of Eden—subjugated to a data-hoarding AI God.
In 2017, Parag Khanna, Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap—a data and scenario-based strategic advisory firm (see Endnote 1)—wrote a short treatise, Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (see Endnote 2). When discussing the notion of “Big Data,” Khanna noted that Singapore’s prime minister is a computer scientist, and “With the completion of a nation-wide fiber optic Internet roll-out, Singapore’s physical sensor network (‘Internet of Things’), provides enormous volumes of data . . .” Khanna urged that Western democracy be replaced by Singaporean technocracy. According to Khanna, “. . . it’s time to admit that America needs less of its own version of democracy—much less . . . Democracy alone just isn’t good enough anymore.” He argued, “The search for an optimal state form continues into the information age—and it should logically be called the ‘Info-State’.” Khanna continued, “Info-states such as Switzerland and Singapore are also the places where we can witness the best efforts at direct technocracy . . . Experiments in direct technocracy are already visible around the world from Estonia and Israel to the UAE and Rwanda to India and China—across both democracies and non-democracies.” Khanna emphatically urged, “Technocracy becomes a form of salvation after society realizes that democracy doesn’t guarantee national success. Democracy eventually gets sick of itself and votes for technocracy.”
In 2010, Parag and Ayesha Khanna wrote an article for Big Think titled “Technocracy and Technology in Singapore.” They explained that Singapore “wants to be a ‘living laboratory’ of R&D for the world’s multinationals while stimulating its own creative revolution towards the knowledge economy.” They posed the question, “But can it be done the Singaporean way—technocratically—instead of the organic Silicon Valley way?” They continued, “By and large, Singapore is not pursuing scientific discovery for its own sake, but rather identifying key sectors where it can marry leading-edge technology with the massive market opportunities of Asia: bio-medicine, clean-tech, and digital media . . . With respect to bio-medicine, it’s well-known that Asian societies have had fewer inhibitions with respect to research in controversial areas such as stem cells. What Singapore has in mind, however, is to capitalize on the convergence of Asia’s (read: China and Japan’s) aging and longer-living population trajectories. That means focusing on nano-medicine to improve the early detection of cancer, computerized medical devices to enhance the recovery of stroke patients, and boosting the sustainable manufacturing of chemically and biologically synthesized drugs. All of this requires a strategic hybrid of the research and development components of R&D, which Singapore has been building by luring some of the world’s top clinical scientists to its new Biopolis facility.”
I plan to elaborate on the biomedical-centered Biopolis in a later installment. For now, I would like to focus on Singapore’s rising star—The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)—situated within the Biopolis complex, as described in the same 2010 article by Parag and Ayesha Khanna: “Data mining, cryptography, and human-robot communication are also receiving investment from Singapore’s A*Star, showing the government’s interest in the semantic web, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality.”
A*STAR was birthed on January 11, 1991, originally named the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB). In January 2002, it was re-named A*STAR. The innovation-centered agency is Singapore’s leading public sector initiative spearheading economic-oriented research to advance scientific discovery.
Sebastian Maurer-Stroh is a Senior Principal Investigator in protein sequence analysis at A*STAR’s Bioinformatics Institute (BII). Integral to the COVID-19 event, and as part of a collaborative study in January 2020, Maurer-Stroh reported on the first two cases outside of China to be “tested positive for SARS-CoV-2,” which was utilized to suggest the purported international spread. Maurer-Stroh was also an integral player in the Zika virus narrative in 2016, as he was responsible for tracing the historical evolution of the Zika virus genome.
Another project central to A*STAR involves a kinship with the UK-based nanomedtech and bioelectronics company, QuantuMDx (QMDx). One of the main goals of their strategic collaboration, established in 2012, was to develop a DNA sequencing nanowire biosensor, to enable rapid genomic sequencing. A future development was to include a nanowire platform with built-in sensing circuitry.
Something to note is that QMDx states that it “owns the exclusive worldwide rights to DNA sensing and DNA sequencing using nanowires.” In 2015, QMDx (see Endnote 3) partnered with Scienon, a German life sciences company, to bring their nanowire array to market. The array is comprised of nanowires printed with molecular probes, and is used to transfer biological material onto biosensor chips.
Jonathan O’Halloran, CEO of QMDx boasts about his humble beginnings in his garage where he “studied biological processes and integrated them with a semiconductor biosensor.” On his LinkedIn page, O’Halloran states, “Using my rapid portable MDx device (Q-POC), we are building the ‘Internet of Life’ (focusing on pathogens) that will allow us to monitor in real-time and predict disease outbreaks. The device is essentially a Bio-API that allows us to instantly convert the genetic code to binary code at the site of outbreak, linked it to the cloud, with GPS data, and therefore network the genomes of living things through the internet.” You can see here a photo of Jonathan O’Halloran with his collaborators at A*STAR (2012).
I would like to draw attention to another Singaporean connection: McKinsey & Company (a global management consulting firm) enjoys a very special relationship with Singapore. As a “Tier 1 Member” of The Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) — an A*STAR-led platform comprised of public-private partnerships — in 2017, McKinsey launched a global network of Digital Capability Centres (DCCs), with a key innovation hub in Singapore, to “help companies harness “the powerful emerging technological changes—known collectively as Industry 4.0—that are disrupting industries across the world.”
On December 10, 2020, McKinsey (see Endnote 4) published an article in the McKinsey Quarterly, “How COVID-19 is redefining the next-normal operating model,” wherein the firm presents its perspective on how “pandemic accelerations” should be incorporated into business models. I have pulled several choice quotes, and I have placed emphasis (indicated in bold) on particularly salient points:
“With everything disrupted, going back to the same old thing is a losing strategy. The strongest companies are reinventing themselves by embracing pandemic-driven change.”
“Business leaders tell us that the metabolic rate of their organizations has soared. Their companies have accelerated by adopting new ways to work. Boundaries and silos have been removed; new technology has been adopted quickly, delivering digital products that customers suddenly needed; decision making has accelerated and been pushed further down in the organization.”
“Leading CEOs have taken note of all this and have decided that there is no going back. They are actively taking advantage of this particularly malleable moment, where new ideas are becoming the foundation of new ways of doing business, to reinvent their companies in ways that simply make more sense for today’s—and tomorrow’s—economy. As historian Yuval Noah Harari puts it: ‘That is the nature of emergencies. They fast-forward historical processes.’”
“The exigencies of the pandemic have given many companies a tangible experience of operating at unprecedented speed (exhibit). Companies that don’t lean into this emergent shift run the risk of being leapfrogged by those that do understand why a swift, nimble, and versatile operating model is best and necessary for uncertain times like these.”
“Thanks to the pandemic, many companies have embarked on experiments in which they’ve organized around outcomes, in flattened structures that replace physical colocation with hybrid models.”
Is it any surprise that, while the World Economic Forum has been held in Davos, Switzerland for more than fifty years, it was announced that their annual meeting in 2021 will be held in the shining star — Singapore? Could that be some covert signaling among the Davos elites? As reported in Forbes on December 7, 2020, “The event, called by organizers ‘the first global leadership event to address worldwide recovery from the pandemic,‘ will be held in-person.” As it turns out, Reuters stated in September 2020, that Singapore has the lowest death rate from the reported coronavirus in the world. This has been attributed to their “zealous testing and contact tracing;” however, I wonder if there is another explanation to explain this statistic.
Herein, I am suggesting that while an innovation-inspired society can be beneficial and assist in moving humanity forward responsibly . . . a techno-obsessed society may lead humanity to its devolution and ultimately, the extinction of humanity as we know it.
Noted social philosopher, Ivan Illich, in his book, Tools for Conviviality (1973), warned about keeping the growth of modernization of science tamed with checks and balances. Illich considered a “convivial” society, one in which “modern technologies serve politically integrated individuals rather than managers.” In such a civilization, it is the individuals — not corporations, nor info-states — that clarify and set limits on technological growth through interpersonal discourse and interdependence, in accordance with evaluating our relationship to our technological tools within a natural scale of development. He emphasized, “When an enterprise grows beyond a certain point on this scale, it first frustrates the end for which it was originally designed, and then rapidly becomes a threat to society itself. These scales must be identified and the parameters of human endeavors within which human life remains viable must be explored.”
Illich further warned that the exponential, unchecked speed of technological enterprise could restrain the natural creative capabilities of individuals, isolating them from each other, and locking them in a “man-made shell.”
It is becoming all too clear to me that the techno-engrossed controllers have no self-restraint and no boundaries. My point is that the notion of “trust the science,” is a hypnotic delusion, in which the somnambulant masses have resorted to blind trust (and in some instances idolatry) in the “experts,” with no desire, nor any conception that they need to be setting responsible limits. This is an illusory trap to propel us forward with no opportunity for reflection and restraint in any regard. To conclude with Illich, “People who have unlearned how to decide about their own rights on their own evidence become pawns in a world game operated by mega-machines . . . When communities have grown overconfident in science, they leave it to the expert to set the upper limits on growth. This mandate rests on a fallacy.”
In the same year (1973) that Illich published the first edition of Tools for Conviviality, another author, Jacob Bronoswki gained much more traction among the slumbering masses, with his book The Ascent of Man. Bronowski envisioned that it is through science that humanity will ascend — as we unlock, and ultimately control, nature. While he was overly optimistic in his belief that humanity’s ascent will result from our discovery and application of knowledge, it is my belief that if we continue to build upon this shaky scientific blockchain-based scaffolding, without balancing the knowledge inherent in nature, we render the scaffolding of nature — including our natural bodies — obsolete, thereby resulting in the descent of man.
1) Parag Khanna was a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior geopolitical adviser to U.S. Special Operations Command.
2) In Technocracy in America, Parag Khanna noted that Singapore is often described as the “world’s best run company.” Central to this stealth corporate model, that relies heavily on strategic planning and scenario-led thinking, is Singapore’s Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF). By governing through scenarios—experts and citizens converge to build realistic scenarios from which to instruct and construct policy. The CSF aggregates these scenarios, and is plugged into the World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network and the Davos-based World Risk Forum. Much more could be said about the CSF, and it deserves an entire post on its own. However, I would like to highlight the CSF’s “sister outfit,” the Horizon Scanning Centre (HSC) as part of the Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning (RAHS) program. As a core tool of the RAHS program, the HSC convenes an annual International Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning Symposium (IRAHSS) gathering of futures practitioners. This Singaporean horizon scanning initiative analyzes signals of potential future shocks, utilizing computer-based tools for scanning and modeling, for the purpose of building resilient systems.
In reference to the horizon scanning initiative, David Martin, Ph.D., founder and CEO of M·CAM® International (a global leader in intellectual property-based financial risk management), stated, “The implication of RAHS and its foresight into economic turning points in the horizon is tremendous. Many financial institutions already conduct their own risk assessment. However, with a platform to share information, especially across markets, this will be a more robust method of economic risk assessment and horizon scanning.”
As Board Member at The Arlington Institute (TAI), and as a futurist, Dr. Martin helped with the launch of the RAHS. TAI’s efforts came to the attention of the government of Singapore in 2001, resulting in a two-year partnership to develop a tool suite called DIANE (Digital Analysis Environment). DIANE represented the beginning of a revolution in what TAI called “anticipatory analysis” — the process of analysis with the goal of anticipating the emergence of specific futures. It was the success of DIANE that led to the development of the “national surprise anticipation center” — the Risk Assessment Horizon Scanning (RAHS) program.
TAI was founded in 1989 by John L. Petersen, whose prior endeavors were mainly on behalf of the Department of Defense, leading to his early TAI collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (see “The Road to 2012,” prepared in March 1993, by Petersen, and dedicated to his “best friend, Diane”). Incidentally, Petersen is a contributor to KurzweilAI.net. TAI provides assessment of major trends in key sectors (such as science, technology, energy, and space) defining the landscape of emerging futures, as well as offering global scenario development (including the use of “wild cards”) and agent-based modeling/simulation with respect to concerns including climate change, nanotechnology, bio-terrorism, genetic modification and biotech, augmented intelligence, and global epidemics. Several individuals from the Military and Intelligence sectors have served on the Board of Directors at TAI, including Betty Sue Flowers, Owen Wormser, and James Woolsey, Jr. (former CIA Director).
TAI is committed “to playing a significant role in facilitating a global transition to a new world that operates in a fundamentally different way from the past. The question begged by this perspective . . . What kinds of events could be the catalyst for a big, historical shift?”
Returning to David Martin, he has served as an advisor to central banks, global economic forums, national governments, and the World Bank.
Prior to founding M·CAM®, Dr. Martin was the founding CEO of Mosaic Technologies, Inc., a company that developed and commercialized technologies in advanced computational linguistics, dynamic data compression and encryption, electrical field transmission, and medical diagnostics. He was a founding member of Japan’s Institute for Interface Science and Technology (IIST). Martin’s additional engagements include domestic and international technology transfer and clinical research in the fields of linguistic genomics, fractal financial-risk modeling, and cellular membrane ionic signaling.
As a matter of curiosity, given that David Martin has direct ties to TAI and its Intel and Singaporean affiliates, I find it peculiar that he featured heavily in the film, “Plandemic II: Indoctornation.” Further, Martin serves as an Advisor to the Constitutional Law Group, which played a central role in hosting the Philadelphia Freedom Rally on December 6, 2020. They had a substantial presence there, and its Director, Rick Martin, was a featured speaker. Why is the little red dot of Singapore connected to Dr. David Martin, and why is Dr. Martin, as depicted in the documentary, linked so deeply to the alleged exposing of this current “plandemic?” I question these correlations and agendas. Lastly, Dr. Martin spoke here (transcript provided) with Robert Kennedy F. Jr. in November 2020, in reference to his work as a patent researcher, “. . . our business, is we actually have to monitor every patent that issues anywhere on earth.” Imagine having the knowledge of all patents around the world. With that type of knowledge could come great power. Not only does Dr. Martin aggregate this knowledge, he also holds multiple patents himself, that enable him to conduct deep-tech computer modeling and analyses with this data.
3) Following is a white paper published by QMDx, “SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Detection Assay – Design, Analytical and Multi-centre Evaluation of Clinical Performance.” Furthermore, here is a PR release from May 1, 2020, in which QMDx announced the launch of their SARS-CoV-2 assay targeting three genomic loci: the S,N and Orf1 genes.
4) For anyone who still may not have considered how McKinsey & Company may be playing a catalytic role in the “pandemic-inspired” catapulting of the digital and virtual acceleration taking place before our eyes, here is a link to their extensive “deep-dive” special collection of essays reflecting their perspectives and insights with respect to the “post-pandemic reset” — in their words, “The Next Normal.”
5) This document titled “Society at Risk — Hunting Black Swans and Taming Black Elephants,” was presented by Peter Ho, Senior Advisor, Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF), on December 5, 2016, at a Conference called “Disrupted Balance — Societies at Risk.” It references Singapore’s “resilient response” to the reported SARS epidemic in 2002-2003, involving mitigation approaches such as “Whole-of-Government” and contact tracing — two strategies which have been applied to the current scenario.