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Digital food technologies carry promise for better food futures but they are often problematic in their impact on food cultures. While proponents suggest that food-tech products such as smart kitchenware or diet personalisation services can support efficient food practices, critics highlight various risks. This paper presents our findings from Edible Speculations, a long-term design research project exploring the contested space of food-tech innovation through a series of speculative design (SD) events situated in everyday public contexts. We illustrate the opportunities and limits of eventful SD in supporting critical engagements with food-tech issues through an Edible Speculations case study called the Parlour of Food Futures. Our discussion of selected Parlour events can inform readers interested in food-tech themes as well as those keen on experimenting with eventful approaches to SD research.
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Keywords: food-technology innovation; human-food interaction; public engagement; speculative design; speculative food design

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Publication date: February 2021

This article was made available online on January 18, 2021 as a Fast Track article with title: "Edible speculations: designing everyday oracles for food futures".

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