Intentional Biology: Nature as Source and Code
For most of our history, humans have treated Nature as a gigantic warehouse and commissary. The natural world has been a source of raw materials, food, and other resources. Today, rapid advances in biological science and the growth of nanotechnology are taking that inspiration to a new level and driving the creation of a new field: intentional biology. Intentional biology, and its two main subfields biomimicry and synthetic biology, treat nature not as a source of raw materials, but as source and code. This report, Intentional Biology: Nature as Source and Code, reviews the growth of these subfields; describes some of their key accomplishments; and explores their potential futures and impacts.