The technology of the 22nd century enables a human being to be converted to energy and stored in an exact digital format within the memory banks of a computer. A human being can be stored indefinitely as a set of numbers and re-integrated to human form. The process is used by Dread to store humans without killing them outright. To Dread, he is `immortalizing' beings of fragile flesh and blood. The process is excruciatingly painful during digitization and re-integration. Digitization is a traumatic mental experience and can easily result in varying levels of acute insanity upon re-integration. Most digitized human beings are stored within the malevolent OverMind computer. Each of the two biodreads has a digitizer mounted on their respective left arms. Most captured humans meet their digital fate at the hands of a biodread.