From Biopunk to Biointelligence
This text depicts the utilization of a transdisciplinary approach towards building a new metatopical timespace around the vision of the bio-digital fusion. It refers to our emerging ability to hack our biology, a biology that obviously surrounds and constitutes us. Thus, we might intensify the direct interference with the ecological exosomatic inheritance; the millions of years of time-proven permutations in evolution; as well as to begin to access the potential and possibilities that were previously sealed or inert. This essentially enables a novel synthesis that helps us to establish a new metaphor that again enables us in return to tackle our wicked problems that arise as a consequence of collapsing biodiversity. For changes of the scale we are aiming at, we refer to Charles Taylor, who pointed out that, “it is virtually certain that they will have to be effected first in the semi-blind process by which new spaces are constructed out of mutations in practice which transform the background understanding and imaginary in unplanned ways.” What might essentially come to animate a concert of developing common background understandings and cultivate common imaginaries is the Immersive Turn that could be ascribed to Emanuele Coccia. He argues, acknowledging that the world is a space of immersion means to acknowledge that there aren’t stable or real boundaries, and that an immersed being has not the same relationship as a subject towards an object. He further describes the leaves of plants as the ‘cosmic connective tissue’, while their process of photosynthesis is ‘an atmospheric lab on a grand scale for the conversion of solar energy into living matter’, without which we couldn’t have existed in the first place, nor could we continue to inhabit this planet.
These points illustrate that the full dimension of the information-energy relationship and its inherent biointelligence, is yet to be understood from a perspective of transitioning from a stage 0 towards a planetary stage I civilization on the Kardashev Scale without self-destructing. However, we argue that an accompanying necessity is data sovereignty, which could potentially lead to an autonomy of a digital self, a self-sovereign identity as part of our fundamental human rights. This is an essential step in overcoming Zuboff’s term of a surveillance capitalism, which could then lead to the abolition of the ID-slavery. We see such a crucial movement towards an emancipation within our Bioage as a typical signal that derives from the literary genre of Biopunk, as this sub-genre of Science-Fiction already envisions and narrates our imminent psychological, socio-economic and environmental struggles. The underlying notion here is a scientific progress towards Neuro-immunology, the extensive bi-directional communication that takes place between nervous and immune system. A holistic understanding of the essence of the information-energy relationship should thus also advance our understanding of the etiology of pathologies. It also urges us to visualize the necessity for images of future viability that inform and define our collective striving and which essentially relate to our well-being, in terms of our articulation of hopes and dreams in relationship towards the range of the possibility of pluralistic futures.