Agriculture is the last domain set to join the network. This poses a question: How might we bring digital culture and growing food closer together? By 2050 the majority of the world’s 9 billion people will live in cities. Mass agricultural systems will by current estimates be unable to produce enough food for the world’s population. And mass agriculture is entangled in a web of wicked problems that will only get worse: pollution run-off, climate change, biodiversity loss, etc. But there is hope if we dare to re-imagine our experience and interaction with growing food. New technology will allow smaller scale farms to re-emerge in cities and compete with industrial farms. With positive consequences for the future of work, the environment, health, and happiness.
This talk will explore the emerging trends in the UX of agriculture:
– send information, not food: sensors and big data
– personal food computers: growing food locally
– designing digital tools to empower urban food growers
– using data to drive policy change