Online Public Lecture: A ‘SMART’ FOOD SYSTEM OR MORE ‘MISCONFIGURED INNOVATIONS’?

by BioMat

February 15, 2023 | 5:00 pm 6:30 pm
Online Event, Dr. Alistair Fraser, Maynooth University, Ireland

5:00-6:30 pm CET, 6:00-7:30 pm CAT

Dreamlike visions of an intelligent, automated food system are widespread today. A vast eco-system of start-ups, alongwith numerous academic research teams, draws on and informs data reserves held by corporate giants while generatingthese so-called ‘innovations’ – and all in the expectation that it will ultimately yield a ‘smart’ food system. Taking issuewith the failure of funding agencies and innovation processes more generally, Dr. Alistair Fraser asks: What is going wrong? The core failures: a problematic cultural political economy mixing with an emerging planetary cognitive ecologyto yield countless and proliferating misconfigured innovations. Is there any route out of this abyss?

Zoom Link: https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/61607645505

 

This event is co-hosted with PLAAS, University of the Western Cape. It is part of the public lecture series “High-Tech Valorization of Nature”, hostedby the BioMaterialities Research Group at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

 

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