Combining speculative design and participatory design to investigate the sociocultural impact of an emerging technology
As the world and its technologies grow more complex, it becomes increasingly difficult to gauge the potential impact of emerging technologies. Researchers need a method for anticipating social and cultural repercussions while the technology is still being developed. In response, four graduate students at the Institute of Design developed a method which combines speculative design and participatory design, two traditionally disparate approaches. “MeatUp” was an event which tested this method using the example emerging technology of cultured meat (also known as: lab grown meat, synthetic meat, and in vitro meat). The team concluded that speculative design and participatory design can be complementary techniques, with great potential for exploring the sociocultural impact of emerging technologies.
This video showcases a selection of the prototypes and critical commentary from MeatUp.
Designers: Mabel Chan, Sarah Ekblad, Irene Loomis, Adam Panza