Molecular gastonomy as hacktivism

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These are the slides from my talk at the conference Thinking About Dinner, and the University of Toronto, March 2, 2013. In the talk I argued that one can think of molecular gastronomy as a form of hacktivism, provided there is a social element involved -- and in some cases there clearly is!

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Molecular gastonomy as hacktivism

  1. 1. The Plan1. What is hacktivism?
  2. 2. The Plan1. What is hacktivism?2. How is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?
  3. 3. The Plan1. What is hacktivism?2. How is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?3. Some applications
  4. 4. 1. What is HacktivismWell it’s a portmanteau of…
  5. 5. 1. What is HacktivismWell it’s a portmanteau of…Hacking…
  6. 6. 1. What is HacktivismWell it’s a portmanteau of…Hacking…and activism.
  7. 7. So what is hacking?
  8. 8. Not This.
  9. 9. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…
  10. 10. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…But what else?
  11. 11. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…But what else?New Hacker’s Dictionary (1998): 1) A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.
  12. 12. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…But what else?New Hacker’s Dictionary (1998): 6) An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.
  13. 13. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…But what else?New Hacker’s Dictionary (1998): 7) One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
  14. 14. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…But what else?MIT Jargon File (2000): 1) An appropriate application of ingenuity
  15. 15. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…But what else?MIT Jargon File (2000): 1) An appropriate application of ingenuity 2) A creative practical joke
  16. 16. What is Hacking? OK, so there is a humor element…But what else?In short: the reapplication of technology for uses not originally intended.
  17. 17. Example
  18. 18. What is Hacking?Repurposing technology: The phonograph (0riginally intended as message recording tool)
  19. 19. Hacking the phonograph
  20. 20. But this includes…
  21. 21. But this includes…1. A respect for traditional technologies
  22. 22. But this includes…1. A respect for traditional technologies2. Mash-ups of traditional and new technologies
  23. 23. But this includes…1. A respect for traditional technologies2. Mash-ups of traditional and new technologiesFor example…
  24. 24. Steampunk hand crank MP3 player.
  25. 25. Learning and Sharing the Knowledge
  26. 26. Learning and Sharing the Knowledge Information wants to be free!
  27. 27. So Hacking is…1. Repurposing technology
  28. 28. So Hacking is…1. Repurposing technology2. Understanding technology and how it works
  29. 29. So Hacking is…1. Repurposing technology2. Understanding technology and how it works3. Sharing the knowledge
  30. 30. So Hacking is…1. Repurposing technology2. Understanding technology and how it works3. Sharing the knowledge4. Some lulz
  31. 31. So Hacking is…1. Repurposing technology2. Understanding technology and how it works3. Sharing the knowledge4. Some lulzSo what is Hack tivism?
  32. 32. Hacking + Activism =
  33. 33. Hacking + Activism =
  34. 34. Hacking + Activism =
  35. 35. Visiting DDB
  36. 36. Expecting this…
  37. 37. Daniel and Anke in garden
  38. 38. Anke knit hacking
  39. 39. So what is hacktivism?
  40. 40. So what is hacktivism?
  41. 41. So what is hacktivism?Involves…1. Repurposing of Technology
  42. 42. So what is hacktivism?Involves…1. Repurposing of Technology2. Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies)
  43. 43. So what is hacktivism?Involves…1. Repurposing of Technology2. Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies)3. Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us).
  44. 44. So what is hacktivism?Involves…1. Repurposing of Technology2. Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies)3. Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us).4. Possibly with a sense of whimsy
  45. 45. So what is hacktivism?Involves…1. Repurposing of Technology2. Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies)3. Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us).4. Possibly with a sense of whimsy5. Done for a social cause.
  46. 46. 2. So how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?
  47. 47. Repurposing Technology
  48. 48. Chef Cantu’s First Hack
  49. 49. Printing Dinner
  50. 50. Using a class 4 laser todemonstrate carmelization
  51. 51. Using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream
  52. 52. The whimsical element (aka LULZ)
  53. 53. Chef Cantu’s watermelon sushi
  54. 54. Chef Cantu’s Cuban sandwich
  55. 55. Acquiring andTransmitting Knowledge
  56. 56. Chef Cantu’s Cooking Classeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=QxIchoDPXG0
  57. 57. Chef Cantu’s Cooking Classeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=QxIchoDPXG0So so far…
  58. 58. Chef Cantu’s Cooking Classeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=QxIchoDPXG0So so far…1. Repurposing tools and technology
  59. 59. Chef Cantu’s Cooking Classeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=QxIchoDPXG0So so far…1. Repurposing tools and technology2. The whimsical element (lulz)3. Acquiring and Sharing Knowledge
  60. 60. Chef Cantu’s Cooking Classeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=QxIchoDPXG0So so far…1. Repurposing tools and technology2. The whimsical element (lulz)3. Acquiring and Sharing KnowledgeWhat about the socialactivism element?
  61. 61. We also get respect for traditional methods and ingredientshttp://www.businessinsider.com/dinner-at-noma-in-copenhagen-denmark- 2012-5?op=1
  62. 62. ActivismThe social/political element
  63. 63. Why?
  64. 64. Why?We waste 20,000 poundsof paper per dayon menus.
  65. 65. Chef Cantu Saves the World?Wired.com: Are there principles that guide the design of your dishes?
  66. 66. Chef Cantu Saves the World?Wired.com: Are there principles that guide the design of your dishes? Cantu: Make enough food for everyone. That’s the end game. And to get there, we have to start thinking a little crazier about what food is.
  67. 67. Chef Cantu Saves the World?Wired.com: Are there principles that guide the design of your dishes? Cantu: Make enough food for everyone. That’s the end game. And to get there, we have to start thinking a little crazier about what food is. Wired.com: What is food?
  68. 68. Chef Cantu Saves the World?Wired.com: Are there principles that guide the design of your dishes? Cantu: Make enough food for everyone. That’s the end game. And to get there, we have to start thinking a little crazier about what food is. Wired.com: What is food? Cantu: It’s what enables us to live — and more than that, it’s dense energy storage.
  69. 69. Chef Cantu Saves the World?“Recently I started thinking about how people can eat thestuff they don’t eat now, that already grows around them.If you can turn that into food and make it taste good,you’ve got an answer.”“You have to have some understanding of chemistry, ofhow taste receptors work, of how people perceive food.But it starts with that initial crazy question: What is food?”
  70. 70. Chef Cantu saves the world???Cantu Designshttp://cantudesigns.com/What-We-DoThe Miracle berry project.https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=QjTTIbozot8
  71. 71. So… how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?Involves… Repurposing of Technology Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies) Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us). Possibly with a sense of whimsy Done for a social cause.
  72. 72. So… how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?Involves… Repurposing of Technology Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies) Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us). Possibly with a sense of whimsy Done for a social cause.
  73. 73. So… how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?Involves… Repurposing of Technology Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies) Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us). Possibly with a sense of whimsy Done for a social cause.
  74. 74. So… how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?Involves… Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies)IncludingRespect for Traditional TechnologiesRemixing Traditional Technologies with New
  75. 75. So… how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?Involves… Repurposing of Technology Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies) Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us). Possibly with a sense of whimsy Done for a social cause.
  76. 76. So… how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?Involves… Repurposing of Technology Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies) Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us). Possibly with a sense of whimsy Done for a social cause.
  77. 77. So… how is molecular gastronomy like hacktivism?Involves… Repurposing of Technology Better understanding of technology (including traditional technologies) Promoting education of these technologies (they should not be foreign to us). Possibly with a sense of whimsy Done for a social cause.
  78. 78. Question:What other ways does moleculargastronomy contribute to social welfare?

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