The first speaker will be David Szanto an adjunct professor of gastronomy and communications at l’Université du Québec à Montréal and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. With a master’s degree in Food Culture and Communications, he is currently a graduate student in design and interaction at Concordia University in Montréal. Below is a synopsis of his talk. Click here for a poster for the series (.pdf) (with some dates and times to be added).
Towards Intelligent Gastronomy: Equilibrating Human Food Systems
The current state of human food production and consumption is in social, environmental, economic, and cultural crisis. This condition calls for a new perspective on food-world variables and their interactions, as well as a means to remedy emerging issues. Starting with a modified interpretation of gastronomy that encompasses the entire food realm both as we perceive it and create it, let us consider a new food-systems concept: intelligent gastronomy. What can we learn from biological, economic, or computing systems that might bring control and remediation mechanisms into our food production and consumption chains? And how might borrowing from game theory contribute to collaborative, rather than competitive, food-system models?