Last weekend, Steve Bannon and I warned the audience at Turning Point USA about the imminent transhumanist revolution. From Silicon Valley up to the White House, tech elites and political hacks are throwing piles of money at the quest to upgrade humanityâ€”or some privileged portion. They plan to transform themselves into a cohort of gene-edited, neuro-enhanced, AI-symbiotic cyborgs.
â€œThis is the biggest inflection point in human history,â€ Bannon told the â€œDefeat the Great Resetâ€ conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Referring to the mile-high stack of literature weâ€™ve covered on the War Room: Pandemic for the past year and a half, he went on to explain succinctly:
In the lived experience of half of this room, or maybe more, we’re going to get to a point where you’re going to have Human 2.0. Right? They’re telling you that. They’re funding that. This is not science fiction, this is fact.Â â€¦
They want to be immortal. Right? And they also say there’s too many people, the carrying capacity of this planetâ€”there’s too many people, right? â€¦ You know, they’re all over Tucker and the Great Replacement theory and about the thing. Hey, the Great Replacement theory is Homo sapiens. That’s what they’re trying to replace.
Theyâ€™re going to have their deal, and devil catch the hindmost. And people say, â€œWell hold it I haven’t heard about that.â€ Of course you haven’t heard about it. They don’t want to talk about it. They’re just going to do it. And they’re going to call it the Cancer Moonshot. This is what we have to stop.
Anyone who ignores this call to action does so at their own peril.
Dogmas of a Techno-Religion
Last Monday, Joe Biden was hauled out of his cryogenic chamber and thawed out just long enough to sign a chilling executive order.Â The National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing InitiativeÂ authorizes $2 billion for â€œhigh-risk, high-rewardâ€ projects. This includes everything from CRISPR gene-editing products and potentially dangerous mRNA â€œvaccinesâ€ to the production of â€œcultivated animal cellsâ€ for human consumption. Weâ€™re talking about steaks and pork chops grown in biolabs by mad scientists whoâ€™ve abandoned all sense of the natural order.
In the third paragraph of Section 1, the executive order confesses faith in one of the central dogmas of transhumanismâ€”the idea that DNA, the language of life, can be written and re-written as if scientists were merely working out the bugs in a piece of software:
We need to develop genetic engineering technologies and techniques to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers.
This cyborg philosophy now suffuses our so-called intelligentsia under many different names. A 2019Â white paperÂ produced by Policy Horizons Canada describes it as â€œbiodigital convergenceâ€:
We continue to see the powerful effects of digitization, and more are surely to come. But we may be on the cusp of another disruption of similar magnitude. Digital technologies and biological systems are beginning to combine and merge in ways that could be profoundly disruptive to our assumptions about society, the economy, and our bodies. We call this theÂ biodigital convergence.
This worldview includes the â€œconceptual convergence of biological and digital systemsâ€ and the â€œfull physical integration of biological and digital entities,â€ i.e., cyborgs.
This fantasy has become a dark reality with the COVID-19 pandemic response. At the stroke of a pen, â€œvaccineâ€ mandates have turned one billion human beings into panicked lab rats enclosed in a digital cage. The new pharma corporation Moderna has been particularly aggressive in pushing society toward biodigital convergence through â€œsoftware updatesâ€ for our immune systems.
â€œWe call mRNA the software of life,â€ Modernaâ€™s CEOÂ toldÂ MIT Sloan. â€œYou can copy and paste the information into a lot of drugs by using the same technology.â€
As Modernaâ€™s chief medical officer, Tal Zaks,Â explainedÂ to his TEDx audience, â€œWeâ€™ve been living this phenomenal digital and scientific revolution. And Iâ€™m here today to tell you that weâ€™re actually hacking the software of life.â€ In this view, the human body is viewed as an â€œoperating systemâ€:
If you think about what it is weâ€™re trying to do, weâ€™ve taken information…and how that information is transmitted in a cell. And weâ€™ve taken our understanding of medicine and how to make drugs. And weâ€™re fusing the two.
We think of it as â€œinformation therapy.â€
That means new inoculations, new cancer treatments, new gene therapies, all developed using AI and manufactured by robots.
Sara-Jane Dunn, a leading figure at Microsoftâ€™s skunkworks operation Station B, is yet another example of corporate transhumanism. Sounding like a sci-fi acid casualty, Dunn has said that â€œEverywhere I look, I see cells operating as little computersâ€ to be programmed like â€œliving software.â€
The World Economic Forum chairman and part-time comic book supervillain, Klaus Schwab, calls this techno-zealotry the â€œFourth Industrial Revolution,â€ defined as the â€œfusion of our physical, biological, and digital identities.â€
To the horror of religious people, Schwabâ€™s impish, if oftentimes insightful wing-man, Yuval Noah Harari, famously dubbed the mutant elite arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution as â€œHomo Deus,â€ or human gods.
You can call this technophilia what you want to, but Steve and I prefer the classic termâ€”â€œtranshumanism.â€ This moniker was popularized by the aspiring cyborg and probable â€˜roid-rager, Max More, who articulated this movementâ€™s intention to morph human DNA in his â€œLetter to Mother Natureâ€:
We will no longer be slaves to our genes. We will take charge over our genetic programming and achieve mastery over our biological and neurological processes. We will fix all individual and species defects left over from evolution by natural selection. Not content with that, we will seek complete choice of our bodily form and function, refining and augmenting our physical and intellectual abilities beyond those of any human in history.
Rapid advances in artificial intelligence, exemplified by Googleâ€™s DeepMind project AlphaFold, are now making it possible to achieve the goal clearly stated by the White House to â€œwrite circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers.â€
Renee Wegryzn: Military-Industrial Transhumanist
Last Tuesday, one day after signing his transhuman executive order, the obviously unenhanced Joe BidenÂ announcedÂ that Renee Wegryzn will be the inaugural director of the new agency ARPA-Hâ€”the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health. The agency is slated to receive $1 billion at present, although Biden is pushing for a stunning $6.5 billion.
Renee Wegryzn is a brilliant, transhumanist adjacent, and apparently unhinged geneticist whose resume includes serving as program manager for DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (2016-2020) and the Boston-based mutation corporation Gingko BioWorks (2020-2022). The latter organizationâ€™s founder promises investors that â€œThe interesting thing to program in the 21st century isnâ€™t going to be computersâ€”itâ€™s biology.â€
The creation of ARPA-H, and the appointment of a corporate transhumanist to lead the organization, represents the official marriage of the military-industrial complex and the biomedical establishment.
In 2017, Wegryzn delivered a presentation to the tech-obsessed Long Now Foundation about her work at DARPA, encapsulating the agencyâ€™s endeavor to create a militarized Humanity 2.0. â€œAt DARPA,â€ she explained, â€œour flagship programs include revolutionizing prosthetics. Weâ€™re now closing the loop where man and machine can be integrated together.â€
ARPA-H inaugural director Renee Wegryzn talks human-machine hybrids, genetic enhancement, and “Human 2.0.” At DARPA she was all about “safety, safety, safety” as we hurtle towards a transhuman future.
Typical of our polarized age, when Steve Bannon says it, heâ€™s a â€œconspiracy theorist,â€ but when a gene-tweaking mad scientist describes this cyborg fusion, sheâ€™s a national hero.
Quoting her favorite futurist, Renee Wegryzn assured the Long Now audience that â€œHumanity will change more in the next 20 years than in all of recent human history.â€ She gleefully says that this is a trajectory toward â€œHuman 2.0â€ and â€œhuman-machine convergence.â€
â€œThese are things that are somewhere on the horizon, that genome engineering and gene-editing will be a part of,â€ Wegryzn explained. â€œSo how do we make sure that we can pursue this future in a safe manner?â€
Portraying mass vaccination as a precursor to Humanity 2.0, she told the crowd:
So, thereâ€™s â€œdefensiveâ€ enhancement. We do this already. Think about vaccination. So, when youâ€™re vaccinated you actually are introduced to a change that is life-long lasting that protects against diseaseâ€”this is an enhancement that most individuals are accepting of and find it honorable and a â€œmust.â€ We require, if our children go to school, that they must be vaccinated.
Thereâ€™s other enhancements that would be maybe â€œoffensive.â€ Enhancements [in] performance, enhancement in cognitive state. Do we go there? What does that look like? Whatâ€™s the decision-making process to get us there?
She goes on to ask:
What type of future does this look like where there will be edited individuals, un-edited individualsâ€”who has access to those technologies? â€¦
In the future, will there be a question where we ask, â€œWhat genes are you on? What are you enhanced with?â€… Itâ€™s evolution, really, on steroids now in our control.
Joe Bidenâ€™s National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative and the appointment of Wegryzn to ARPA-H represents the official sanction of deeply rooted transhuman aspirations in the military and biomedical establishments.
The media can label us â€œconspiracy theoristsâ€ for calling it out. They can openly declare that they endorse this transhumanist turn. But the one thing they cannot do in good faith is deny that itâ€™s happening.