Life Hacking

Would you trust a teenager to tinker with biological material? Increasingly the means for designing life, life-forms, and lifelike matter are immediately at hand, leading to the rise of wet labs bio-hacker studios. Should we be policing the ethical boundaries and security breaches of this new frontier? What are the limits to our hubris?

Christina Agapakis 
Christina Agapakis is a synthetic biologist, artist, and writer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her research explores symbiosis and ecology among microbes and between biology, technology, and culture. She is a partner at Icosahedron Labs, an adjunct professor of Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design, and a writer for the Scientific American blog network.

Jessica Nihlen Fahlquist
Jessica Nihlen Fahlquist is a senior lecturer in medical ethics at the Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics (CRB), Uppsala University and a postdoc researcher at the Philosophy Section at TU Delft. She conducts research into ethics and risk communication, particularly how moral emotions could and should be included in risk communication. Generally, her research focuses on issues related to technology, risk, and ethics with a particular interest in notions of moral responsibility. In addition to ethics and technology, she has published articles in the areas of public health ethics and environmental ethics. She is also affiliated with the Division of Philosophy at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Jessica received her PhD in Philosophy at the Division of Philosophy at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 2008. During the years 2007 to 2011 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Ibo van de Poel's project "Moral responsibility in R&D networks". This project studied the so called "problem of many hands" in R&D networks. During May to August 2012, she was a visiting scholar at Yale University. 

Jamer Hunt
 collaboratively designs open and flexible programs that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He is the Director of the experimental graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons the New School for Design. His practice, Big + Tall Design, combines conceptual, collaborative, and communication design, and he is co-founder of DesignPhiladelphia, now the largest city-based design festival in the US. He is a Fast Company Expert Design Blogger and Huffington Post Education Blogger, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Center for Design, the Editorial Board of the journal Design and Culture, the Board of Directors of the Victor Papanek Foundation, and on the Icograda Design Education Manifesto Steering Committee. With MoMA and SEED Magazine he collaborated on and co-hosted MIND08: The Design and Elastic Mind Symposium as well as the project Headspace: On Scent as Design in 2010. He has consulted or worked at Smart Design, frogdesign, WRT, Seventh Generation, and Virtual Beauty. His written work engages with the poetics and politics of the built environment and has been published in various books, journals, and magazines, including I.D. magazine, which published his Manifesto for Postindustrial Design.