Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais

Senior Strategic Foresight Analyst

Policy Horizons Canada

Pierre-Olivier has a background in Environmental Law. He has been a foresight researcher at Policy Horizons for seven years, focusing on the areas of technology, energy, work, infrastructure and transport, sustainable development, and production methods. He led a team of analysts working on sustainable development during the Canada Beyond 150 program. He presently co-leads the biodigital convergence foresight project, where he explores lab-grown food, gene-edited humans, biosurveillance, and 3D bioprinted human organs. Pierre-Olivier is an avid supporter of telework, having worked all 7 years remotely from Montreal using Christine, his telepresence robot.

Sessions

What happens to humanity when biology and digital technology merge?

06/11/2020 13.30 - 15.00

Workshop TrackChannel 3Workshop

In the coming years, biodigital technologies could be woven into our lives in the way that digital technologies are now. Biological and digital systems are converging, and could change the way we work, live, and even evolve as a species. More than a technological change, this biodigital convergence may transform the way we understand ourselves and cause us to redefine what we consider human or natural.

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