Ramez Naam, author of The Infinite Resource
, opened the Strategic Foresight Forum's Bio-ICT session by pointing to the many opportunities emerging from biotech and ICT. We are much better now at encoding, printing, and editing genomes now than we were even a decade ago. This leads to big opportunities. First, we can apply biotech to food, water, and energy problems. Biotech applied to crops is a big way to do this, through increasing yields, reducing freshwater use, and in second-generation biofuels. Second, we have the opportunity to rewire the human body, in particular with aging. What are the risks? One is that the cost reduction of biotech means that the garage tinkerer can genetically engineer things, which could lead to pathogen engineering, for example.