About Us

We are a collaborative effort between an academic ethicist from the Netherlands and a professional creative from the U.S.


Our Goal:

To bring together ART + ETHICS to stimulate a nuanced conversation about the future of technology.

Fallacy Bingo

Fallacies tend to shut down arguments preemptively, or distract from the core issue of an argument. Consequently, they work to build division between parties, and create fragmenting. In this age of social media, it's a frequent occurrence. Calling the fallacy out as such can help one move past it and address the core issue. The goal of Fallacy Bingo is essentially, to provide the tools of awareness to get past the bullshit.

About Colab futures


Ingram and Betten met in early 2015 as part of the Synthetic Biology LEAP program at the Landscaping Workshop in Washington DC, where they received a crash course in the emerging arena of synthetic biology. As their immersion in the LEAP progressed, they discovered overlap in what they saw as challenges and opportunities in innovation; only separated by lingo. Ingram is from an art and professional marketing background, and Betten is an ethics scholar. The two collaborated on an Action Plan as part of the program. The Action plan, CoLabFutures: Collaborations To Open Up The Future Of Biotechnology, is available on the SynbioLEAP website. Betten and Ingram are fortunate recipients of a SynbioLEAP Catalyst grant, in support of their vision.


Karen ingram

KAREN INGRAM is a designer, artist and creative director who uses her skill set to promote scientific awareness. Ingram recently completed visuals as a co-author of Biobuilder (O’Reilly), a synthetic biology curriculum. She is a co-organizer of Brooklyn science cabaret, The Empiricist League, and is a programming committee member of SXSW Interactive. She is an instructor on the subject of creative strategy for NYU SHERP’s Entrepreneurial Science Journalism course. Her work has appeared in many publications including titles from Die Gestalten (Berlin), Scientific American, and The FWA, where she was named a “Digital Pioneer.” As a 2015 Synthetic Biology LEAP (Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program) fellow, Karen is recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology.



wieke betten

Wieke Betten is a social science and bioethics PhD researcher and lecturer at the Athena Institute at the VU University of Amsterdam. Her research project focuses on societal and ethical aspects of synthetic biology. Since 2011 Wieke has been involved in the iGEM competition, both as an advisor and a judge. Wieke also works as a concept developer at the Open Wetlab of Waag society in Amsterdam. Together with Waag society she conducts a study on Trust Me I'm an Artist, a European project on ethical issues around art science collaborations. In 2015, she was selected to be a fellow in the synthetic biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP). Wieke obtained a MSc in Medicine and a MSc in Management, Policy-analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences, both from the VU University in Amsterdam.



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