Our CHI’18 workshop addressed emerging food-tech trends and controversies, aiming to extend the existing body of HFI research with new insights sought via co-creative activities and discussion. Through food-tech prototyping and scenarios navigated by our Food Tarot cards, we unpacked issues and proposed diverse imaginative yet plausible HFI ideas.

Participants presented their HFI research and design projects, ranging from a DIY wine fermentation kit to an AI-based recipe recommender. These tools provoked discussion about the contrast between ‘new’ food technologies aiming for ‘clean’ food practices and ‘old’ traditional food techniques supporting ‘messy’ practices and experimental human-food entanglements. We recognised that while safety needs to be assured, we should support and revive messy, experimental, and playful HFI approaches.

publication: Dolejšová, M, Khot, R.A., Davis, H., Ferdous, Hasan S., Quitmeyer, A. (2018). Designing Recipes for Digital Food Futures. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ‘18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper W10, 8 pages. DOI: 

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