A “new” proposal by the Biden administration to create a health-focused federal company modeled after DARPA is just not what it seems to be. Promoted as a strategy to “finish most cancers,” this resuscitated “well being DARPA” conceals a harmful agenda.
[April 28, 2020], President Biden was broadly praised in mainstream and health-care–focused media for his name to create a “new biomedical analysis company” modeled after the U.S. army’s “high-risk, high-reward” Protection Superior Analysis Tasks Company, or DARPA. As touted by the president, the company would search to develop “progressive” and “breakthrough” remedies for most cancers, Alzheimer’s illness and diabetes, with a name to “finish most cancers as we all know it.”
Removed from “ending most cancers” in the way in which most People would possibly envision it, the proposed company would merge “nationwide safety” with “well being safety” in such a manner as to make use of each bodily and psychological well being “warning indicators” to forestall outbreaks of illness or violence earlier than they happen. Such a system is a recipe for a technocratic “pre-crime” group with the potential to criminalize each psychological and bodily sickness in addition to “wrongthink.”
The Biden administration has requested Congress for $6.5 billion to fund the company, which might be largely guided by Biden’s just lately confirmed prime science adviser, Eric Lander.
Lander, previously the pinnacle of the Silicon Valley-dominated Broad Institute, has been controversial for his ties to eugenicist and baby intercourse trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his comparatively latest reward for James Watson, an overtly racist eugenicist. Regardless of that, Lander is about to be confirmed by the Senate and Congress and is reportedly considerably enthusiastic in regards to the proposed new “well being DARPA.”
This new company, set to be referred to as ARPA-H or HARPA, could be housed throughout the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH) and would increase the NIH price range to over $51 billion. In contrast to different companies at NIH, ARPA-H would differ in that the tasks it funds would not be peer reviewed previous to approval; as a substitute, hand-picked program managers would make all funding choices. Funding would additionally take the type of milestone-driven funds as a substitute of the extra conventional multiyear grants.
ARPA-H will probably closely fund and promote mRNA vaccines as one of many “breakthroughs” that can treatment most cancers. Among the mRNA vaccine producers which have produced among the most generally used COVID-19 vaccines, such because the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, stated just last month that “most cancers is the subsequent drawback to deal with with mRNA tech” post-COVID.
BioNTech has been developing mRNA gene therapies for most cancers for years and is collaborating with the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis to create mRNA-based remedies for tuberculosis and HIV. Different “progressive” applied sciences that will likely be a spotlight of this company are much less well-known to the general public and arguably extra regarding.
The Lengthy Highway to ARPA-H
ARPA-H is just not a brand new and unique Biden administration thought; there was a earlier try and create a “well being DARPA” throughout the Trump administration in late 2019. Biden started to advertise the concept throughout his presidential marketing campaign as early as June 2019, albeit utilizing a really completely different justification for the company than what had been pitched by its advocates to Trump.
In 2019, the identical basis and people at the moment backing Biden’s ARPA-H had urged then-President Trump to create “HARPA,” not for the principle function of researching remedies for most cancers and Alzheimer’s, however to cease mass shootings earlier than they occur by way of the monitoring of People for “neuropsychiatric” warning indicators.
For the previous few years, one man has been the driving force behind HARPA — former vice chair of Common Electrical and former president of NBCUniversal, Robert Wright. By way of the Suzanne Wright Basis (named for his late spouse), Wright has spent years lobbying for an company that “would develop biomedical capabilities — detection instruments, remedies, medical units, cures, and so forth. — for the thousands and thousands of People who aren’t benefiting from the present system.”
Whereas he, like Biden, has cloaked the company’s precise function by claiming it will likely be primarily centered on treating most cancers, Wright’s 2019 proposal to his private pal Donald Trump revealed its underlying ambitions.
As first proposed by Wright in 2019, the flagship program of HARPA could be SAFE HOME, quick for Stopping Aberrant Deadly Occasions by Serving to Overcome Psychological Extremes.
SAFE HOME would suck up plenty of personal knowledge from “Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo, and Google Residence” and different client digital units, in addition to data from well being care suppliers to find out if a person may be prone to commit against the law. The info could be analyzed by synthetic intelligence (AI) algorithms “for early prognosis of neuropsychiatric violence.”
The Division of Justice’s pre-crime approach known as DEEP was activated simply months earlier than Trump left workplace; it was additionally justified as a strategy to “cease mass shootings earlier than they occur.” Quickly after Biden’s inauguration, the brand new administration started utilizing data from social media to make pre-crime arrests as a part of its method towards combating “home terror.”
Given the historical past of Silicon Valley corporations collaborating with the federal government on matters of warrantless surveillance, it seems that facets of SAFE HOME could already be covertly energetic beneath Biden, solely ready for the formalization of ARPA-H/HARPA to be legitimized as public coverage.
The national-security purposes of Robert Wright’s HARPA are additionally illustrated by the person who was its lead scientific adviser — former head of DARPA’s Organic Applied sciences Workplace Geoffrey Ling. Not solely is Ling the principle scientific adviser of HARPA, however the original proposal by Wright would have Ling each personally design HARPA and lead it as soon as it was established.
A Plan to Merge Biology, Engineering and Laptop Science
Ling’s work at DARPA could be summarized by BTO’s acknowledged mission, which is to work towards merging “biology, engineering and pc science to harness the facility of pure methods for nationwide safety.” BTO-favored applied sciences are additionally poised to be the mainstays of HARPA, which plans to specifically use “developments in biotechnology, supercomputing, large knowledge and synthetic intelligence” to perform its objectives.
The direct DARPA connection to HARPA underscores that the agenda behind this coming company dates again to the failed Bio-Surveillance undertaking of DARPA’s Complete Data Consciousness program, which was launched after the occasions of September 11, 2001.
TIA’s Bio-Surveillance project sought to develop the “obligatory data applied sciences and ensuing prototype able to detecting the covert launch of a organic pathogen routinely, and considerably sooner than conventional approaches,” engaging in this “by monitoring nontraditional knowledge sources” together with “prediagnostic medical knowledge” and “behavioral indicators.”
Whereas nominally centered on “bioterrorist assaults,” TIA’s Bio-Surveillance undertaking additionally sought to accumulate early detection capabilities for “regular” illness outbreaks. Bio-Surveillance and associated DARPA tasks on the time, equivalent to LifeLog, sought to reap knowledge by way of the mass use of some kind of wearable or handheld expertise.
These DARPA applications had been in the end shut down because of the controversy over claims they might be used to profile home dissidents and eradicate privateness for all People within the US.
That DARPA’s previous whole surveillance dragnet is coming again to life beneath a supposedly separate health-focused company, and one which emulates its organizational mannequin no much less, confirms that many TIA-related applications had been merely distanced from the Division of Protection when formally shut down.
By separating the army from the general public picture of such applied sciences and applications, it made them extra palatable to the plenty, regardless of the army remaining closely concerned behind the scenes.
As Unlimited Hangout has just lately reported, main facets of TIA had been merely privatized, giving rise to corporations equivalent to Fb and Palantir, which resulted in such DARPA tasks being broadly used and accepted. Now, beneath the guise of the proposed ARPA-H, DARPA’s authentic TIA would primarily be making a comeback for all intents and functions as its personal spin-off.
Silicon Valley, the Navy and the Wearable ‘Revolution’
This most up-to-date effort to create ARPA-H/HARPA combines properly with the coordinated push of Silicon Valley corporations into the sphere of well being care, particularly Silicon Valley corporations that double as contractors to U.S. intelligence and/or the army (e.g., Microsoft, Google and Amazon).
In the course of the COVID-19 disaster, this development towards Silicon Valley dominance of the health-care sector has accelerated significantly resulting from a top-down push towards digitalization with telemedicine, distant monitoring and the like.
One fascinating instance is Amazon, which launched a wearable final 12 months that purports to not solely use biometrics to observe individuals’s bodily well being and health, however to trace their emotional state as properly. The earlier 12 months, Amazon acquired the web pharmacy PillPack, and it isn’t exhausting to think about a state of affairs through which knowledge from Amazon’s Halo wellness band is used to supply therapy suggestions which might be then provided by Amazon-owned PillPack.
Firms equivalent to Amazon, Palantir and Google are set to be intimately concerned in ARPA-H’s actions. Specifically, Google, which launched numerous health-tech initiatives in 2020, is about to have a serious function on this new company resulting from its long-standing ties to the Obama administration when Biden was vp and to President Biden’s prime science adviser, Eric Lander.
As talked about, Lander is poised to play a serious function in ARPA-H/HARPA if and when it materializes. Earlier than changing into the highest scientist within the nation, Lander was president and founding director of the Broad Institute.
Whereas marketed as a partnership between MIT and Harvard, the Broad Institute is heavily influenced by Silicon Valley, with two former Google executives on its board, a associate of Silicon Valley enterprise capital agency Greylock Companions, and the previous CEO of IBM, in addition to a few of its top endowments coming from distinguished tech executives.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who was intimately involved with Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and who’s near the Democratic Celebration normally, chairs the Broad Institute as of this April . In March 2021, Schmidt gave the institute $150 million to “join biology and machine studying for understanding applications of life.”
Throughout his time on the Broad Institute board, Schmidt also chaired the Nationwide Safety Fee on Synthetic Intelligence, a gaggle of principally Silicon Valley, intelligence and army operatives who have now charted the direction of the U.S. authorities’s insurance policies on rising tech and AI. Schmidt was also pitched as potential head of a tech-industry job drive by the Biden administration.
Authorities and Public and Non-public Businesses Crew Up
Earlier, in January , the Broad Institute announced that its health-research platform, Terra, which was constructed with Google subsidiary Verily, would associate with Microsoft. Because of this, Terra now permits Google and Microsoft to access an enormous trove of genomic knowledge that’s poured into the platform by teachers and analysis establishments from world wide.
As well as, final September , Google teamed up with the Division of Protection as a part of a brand new AI-driven “predictive well being” program that additionally has hyperlinks to the US intelligence group. Whereas initially centered on predicting most cancers instances, this initiative clearly plans to develop to predicting the onset of different illnesses earlier than signs seem, together with COVID-19.
As noted by Unlimited Hangout on the time, one of many ulterior motives for this system, from Google’s perspective, was for Google to realize entry to “the biggest repository of disease- and cancer-related medical knowledge on the earth,” which is held by the Protection Well being Company. Having unique entry to this knowledge is a big boon for Google in its effort to develop and develop its rising suite of AI health-care merchandise.
The army is at the moment getting used to pilot COVID-19-related biometric wearables for “returning to work safely.” Final December , it was announced that Hill Air Drive Base in Utah would make biometric wearables a compulsory a part of the uniform for some squadrons. For instance, the airmen of the Air Drive’s 649th Munitions Squadron should now put on a wise watch made by Garmin and a wise ring made by Oura as a part of their uniform.
In line with the Air Force, these units detect biometric indicators which might be then analyzed for 165 completely different biomarkers by the Protection Menace Discount Company/Philips Healthcare AI algorithm that “makes an attempt to acknowledge an an infection or virus round 48 hours earlier than the onset of signs.”
The event of that algorithm started well before the COVID-19 crisis and is a latest iteration of a sequence of army analysis tasks that seem to have begun under the 2007 DARPA Predicting Health and Disease (PHD) project.
Whereas of curiosity to the army, these wearables are primarily supposed for mass use — a giant step towards the infrastructure wanted for the resurrection of a biosurveillance program to be run by the national-security state.
Beginning first with the army is smart from the national-security equipment’s perspective, as the flexibility to observe biometric knowledge, together with feelings, has apparent attraction for these managing the just lately expanded “insider risk” applications in the military and the Department of Homeland Security.
One indicator of the push for mass use is that the identical Oura good ring being utilized by the Air Drive was additionally just lately utilized by the NBA to forestall COVID-19 outbreaks amongst basketball gamers.
Previous to COVID-19, it was promoted for client use by members of the British Royal family and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for enhancing sleep. As just lately as final Monday [April 26, 2021], Oura’s CEO, Harpeet Rai, mentioned that the whole way forward for wearable well being tech will quickly be “proactive rather than reactive” as a result of it should deal with predicting illness primarily based on biometric knowledge obtained from wearables in actual time.
One other wearable tied to the army that’s creeping into mass use is the BioButton and its predecessor the BioSticker. Produced by the corporate BioIntelliSense, the modern new BioButton is marketed as a wearable system that’s “a scalable and cost-effective answer for COVID-19 symptom monitoring at college, house and work.” BioIntelliSense received $2.8 million from the Pentagon final December to develop the BioButton and BioSticker wearables for COVID-19.
BioIntelliSense, cofounded and led by former Microsoft HealthVault developer James Mault, now has its wearable sensors being rolled out for widespread use on some faculty campuses and at some U.S. hospitals. In a few of these cases, the corporate’s wearables are getting used to specifically monitor the negative effects of the COVID-19 vaccine versus signs of COVID-19 itself.
BioIntelliSense is at the moment operating a examine, partnered with Philips Healthcare and the College of Colorado, on using its wearables for early COVID-19 detection, which is fully funded by the US military.
Whereas using these wearables is at the moment “inspired however non-compulsory” at these pilot areas, may there come a time when they’re mandated in a office or by a authorities? It will not be unprecedented, as several countries have already required overseas arrivals to be monitored by way of use of a wearable throughout a compulsory quarantine interval. Saint Lucia is currently using BioButton for this function.
Singapore, which seeks to be among the many first “smart nations” on the earth, has given every single one of its residents a wearable referred to as a “TraceTogether token” for its contact-tracing program. Both the wearable token or the TraceTogether smartphone app is obligatory for all workplaces, buying malls, inns, faculties, well being care services, grocery shops and hair salons. These with out entry to a smartphone are anticipated to make use of the “free” government-issued wearable token.
The Period of Digital Dictatorships Is Almost Right here
Making obligatory wearables the brand new regular not only for COVID-19 prevention, however for monitoring well being normally, would institutionalize quarantining individuals who haven’t any signs of an sickness however solely an opaque algorithm’s willpower that very important indicators point out “irregular” exercise.
On condition that no AI is 100% correct and that AI is simply pretty much as good as the information it’s educated on, such a system could be assured to make common errors: The query is what number of.
One AI algorithm getting used to “predict COVID-19 outbreaks” in Israel and a few U.S. states is marketed by Diagnostic Robotics; the (probably inflated) accuracy fee the corporate gives for its product is only 73 %. Which means, by the corporate’s personal admission, their AI is unsuitable 27 % of the time. Most likely, it’s even much less correct, because the 73 % determine has by no means been independently verified.
Adoption of those applied sciences has benefited from the COVID-19 disaster, as supporters are seizing the chance to speed up their introduction. Because of this, their use will quickly change into ubiquitous if this advancing agenda continues unimpeded.
Although this push for wearables is clear now, indicators of this agenda had been seen a number of years in the past. In 2018, as an illustration, insurer John Hancock announced that it might change its life insurance coverage choices with “interactive insurance policies” that contain people having their well being monitored by industrial well being wearables.
Insurance coverage Firms Push for ‘Health’ Wearables
Previous to that announcement, John Hancock and different insurers equivalent to Aetna, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare offered various rewards for policyholders who wore a health wearable and shared that knowledge with their insurance coverage firm.
In one other pre-COVID instance, the Journal of the American Medical Affiliation published an article in August 2019 that claimed that wearables “encourage wholesome behaviors and empower people to take part of their well being.” The authors of the article, who’re affiliated with Harvard, additional claimed that “incentivizing use of those units [wearables] by integrating them in insurance coverage insurance policies” could also be an “enticing” coverage method.
The usage of wearables for policyholders has since been closely promoted by the insurance industry, each previous to and after COVID-19, and a few speculate that well being insurers may quickly mandate their use in sure instances or as a broader coverage.
These biometric “health” units — equivalent to Amazon’s Halo — can monitor greater than your bodily very important indicators, nonetheless, as they’ll additionally monitor your emotional state. ARPA-H/HARPA’s flagship SAFE HOME program reveals that the flexibility to observe ideas and emotions is an already present objective of these searching for to ascertain this new company.
In line with World Financial Discussion board luminary and historian Yuval Noah Harari, the transition to “digital dictatorships” may have a “big watershed” moment as soon as governments “begin monitoring and surveying what is going on inside your physique and inside your mind.”
He says that the mass adoption of such expertise would make human beings “hackable animals,” whereas those that abstain from having this expertise on or of their our bodies would change into a part of a brand new “ineffective” class. Harari has additionally asserted that biometric wearables will sometime be utilized by governments to focus on people who’ve the “unsuitable” emotional reactions to authorities leaders.
Unsurprisingly, one among Harari’s greatest followers, Fb’s Mark Zuckerberg, has just lately led his firm into the event of a comprehensive biometric and “neural” wearable primarily based on expertise from a “neural interface” start-up that Fb acquired in 2019.
Per Fb, the wearable “will combine with AR [augmented reality], VR [virtual reality], and human neural indicators” and is about to change into commercially out there quickly. Fb additionally notably owns the VR firm Oculus Rift, whose founder, Palmer Luckey, now runs the U.S. army AI contractor Anduril.
As recently reported, Fb was formed in its early days to be a private-sector alternative for DARPA’s controversial LifeLog program, which sought to each “humanize” AI and construct profiles on home dissidents and terror suspects. LifeLog was additionally promoted by DARPA as “supporting medical analysis and the early detection of an rising pandemic.”
It seems that present tendencies and occasions present that DARPA’s decadeslong effort to merge “well being safety” and “nationwide safety” have now superior additional than ever earlier than.
This may occasionally partially be as a result of Invoice Gates, who has wielded vital affect over well being coverage globally within the final 12 months, is a long-time advocate of fusing well being safety and nationwide safety to thwart each pandemics and “bioterrorists” earlier than they’ll strike, as could be heard in his 2017 speech delivered at that 12 months’s Munich Safety Convention.
That very same 12 months, Gates also publicly urged the U.S. army to “focus extra coaching on getting ready to struggle a worldwide pandemic or bioterror assault.”
Within the merging of “nationwide safety” and “well being safety,” any determination or mandate promulgated as a public well being measure might be justified as obligatory for “nationwide safety,” a lot in the identical manner that the mass abuses and struggle crimes that occurred throughout the post-9/11 “struggle on terror” had been equally justified by “nationwide safety” with little to no oversight.
But, on this case, as a substitute of solely shedding our civil liberties and management over our exterior lives, we stand to lose sovereignty over our particular person our bodies.
The NIH, which might home this new ARPA-H/HARPA, has spent hundreds of millions of dollars experimenting with using wearables since 2015, not just for detecting illness signs but in addition for monitoring people’ diets and unlawful drug consumption.
Biden performed a key half in that undertaking, referred to as the Precision Medicine initiative, and separately highlighted using wearables in most cancers sufferers as a part of the Obama administration’s associated Cancer Moonshot program.
A Plan to File, Mark and Manipulate Your Mind
The third Obama-era well being analysis undertaking was the NIH’s BRAIN initiative, which was launched, amongst different issues, to “develop instruments to file, mark and manipulate exactly outlined neurons within the residing mind” which might be decided to be linked to an “irregular” operate or a neurological illness.
These initiatives passed off at a time when Eric Lander was the cochair of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Expertise whereas nonetheless main the Broad Institute. It’s hardly a coincidence that Eric Lander is now Biden’s prime science adviser, elevated to a brand new cabinet-level place and set to information the course of ARPA-H/HARPA.
Thus, Biden’s newly introduced company, if authorized by Congress, would combine these previous Obama-era initiatives with Orwellian purposes beneath one roof, however with even much less oversight than earlier than. It will additionally search to develop and mainstream the makes use of of those applied sciences and doubtlessly transfer towards growing insurance policies that will mandate their use.
If ARPA-H/HARPA is authorized by Congress and in the end established, it will likely be used to resurrect harmful and long-standing agendas of the national-security state and its Silicon Valley contractors, making a “digital dictatorship” that threatens human freedom, human society and doubtlessly the very definition of what it means to be human.
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