Austin Che discusses DNA and reprogramming life to create a myriad of novel biological systems. Modularity, abstraction and standardization allow non-biologists design and build biological systems.
Austin received his computer science PhD from MIT <http://web.mit.edu/> but is now more interested in programming carbon-based systems. Austin recently founded a synthetic biology company, Ginkgo BioWorks <http://ginkgobioworks.com/>, focused on tools to enable the rapid engineering of biological systems.
FutureRuby isn't a Ruby conference, but a conference for Rubyists. This is a call to order - a congress of the curious characters that drew us to this community in the first place. We have a singular opportunity to express a long-term vision, a future where Ruby drives creativity and prosperity without being dampened by partisan politics.