While Bioweathermap currently relies on sporadic measurements that take hours, days, even weeks to process, Bobe imagines a time in the distant future where sequencing could be done consistently and in real-time.
As a thought exercise, Bobe told the group to imagine walking into a room full of people, and a heads-up display on pair of glasses instantly shows all of the species surrounding you. What seems like science fiction today, might one day be realized, Bobe proposes, as sequencing technology gets faster, cheaper, and more sophisticated.
Bobe's talk sparked thoughts in the minds of several members of the audience. One question in particular drew a divisive line among the crowd: as DIYBio gains ground, what will happen to intellectual property (IP) as we know it today?