Digesting Data: Designerly Speculations on Food-Tech Futures

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From smart kitchenware and diet personalization services to digital farming platforms, technology design has become a frequent companion of our day-to-day food practices. Wrapped in techno-optimism, such technologies are often presented as solutions for diverse food problems, including everyday hassles with cooking and shopping as well as systemic issues of malnutrition and unsustainable food production. While food-tech proponents talk about better data-driven food futures, critics highlight the underlying techno-solutionism and negative impacts of food-tech innovation on food systems and cultures. Here, we present the Edible Speculations project that explores food-tech trends and risks through a series of Speculative Design (SD) case studies. Our findings can be of use for designers, researchers, and other practitioners interested in food-tech issues as well as in SD methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDatatata - Data and Art. Brno University of Technology
PublisherBrno University of Technology
ISBN (Print)9788021458215
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication


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