Deciphering a Meal through Open Source Standards: Soylent and the Rise of Diet Hackers

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A life without food - a leitmotiv of science fiction dystopias is becoming a voluntary choice for thousands of people consuming the powdered food replacement soylent. The DIY soylent powders are designed by a group of nutrition hobbyists who distrust existing healthy eating standards and crowdsource experimental soylent recipes in their online user forums. This DIY food-tech rebellion offers an opportunity to look at the issues around present food standards and policies from the HCI perspective. This paper reports findings from in-depth interviews with 21 soylent dieters, with the aim of identifying the risks and opportunities of the expert-amateur DIY food practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication


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