People have been dreaming about what new life forms might look like and do for ever. What I loved about this contest - and the Blue Forest in particular - was that it inspired people to apply the same creative spirit to imagine how we might actually create them.Said Endy:
It was incredibly fun to explore the thoughtfulness and creativity of the entered designs. There's a lot of work still to do in order to make biology easy to engineer, and to make real the constructive promises, both old and new, of biotechnology. Sharing, competing, and working together via well-intentioned competition helps more people to consider, participate, and guide the process.Shankel added:
Artificial life is the new frontier of engineering. If Leonardo da Vinci were alive today, this is what he would be working on. And who knows? One or two breakthroughs and he may be alive again sooner than we think.