The Fermentation GutHub Project and the Internet of Microbes

Marketa Dolejsova, Denisa Kera

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13 Citations (Scopus)


The Fermentation GutHub is a local community of fermentation enthusiasts in Singapore formed around 'smart' human-microbial interactions. The project is a critique of the common IoT utopia claiming efficient and transparent interactions between citizens and various stakeholders using smart sensors and monitoring devices in the cities of the future. Instead of relying on technology produced and supported by corporate actors or large government plans, the GutHub scenario uses existing fermentation groups and DIY tools as a model for designing resilient and symbiotic urban communities. Against the utopia of evidence-based decision making driven by policy and corporate actors, it emphasizes the importance of collective experience with risk and opportunities negotiated on a grassroots level. The project supports citizens' exchanges of various cultures, fermentation practices, and sometimes dangerous but also beneficial experiments with our guts as an interface, and proposes a model for messier IoT scenarios of future cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnriching Urban Spaces with Ambient Computing, the Internet of Things, and Smart City Design
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781522508281
ISBN (Print)9781522508274
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books


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