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Canadian think tank briefs gov’t on policy implications of ‘transhuman’ technology

(by David McLoone | LifeSite News) – A Canadian government think tank released a paper advising the administration on “transhuman” technology developments and how the government ought to prepare policies relating to potential “biodigital” entities.

Policy Horizons Canada, the body responsible for the paper, reports directly to the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), advising on the development of “future-oriented policy and programs that are more robust and resilient in the face of disruptive change on the horizon.”

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Headed by Kristel Van der Elst, a key member of the executive committee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Strategic Foresight Community, the think tank’s “Exploring Biodigital Convergence” report suggested that digital technology and biotechnology “are converging” in a way which “could change the way we work, live, and even evolve as a species.”

Van der Elst wrote that the implications of developments in the field of biotechnology could affect “our relationships with technology, nature, and even life itself,” adding that “this biodigital convergence may transform the way we understand ourselves and cause us to redefine what we consider human or natural.” Read Full Article >

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