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Games of Improvisation and Bodystorming for the Future of California

We have the questions, we know the answers and Specimens for Improvisation are two games about the future of California that I have been developing and prototyping during my internship at the IFTF.

We have the questions, we know the answers

Can Collaborative Consumption Help Reduce Global Hunger--And Help Your Diet?

Danielle Sacks' recent article on sharing has gotten a fair amount of attention, and rightly so, for providing a great overview of the sharing economy, or what we've also talked about around here as collaborative consumption. The basic premise is that a variety of goods--cars, power tools, guest rooms--simply linger around wasting space when we don't use them, and that in the coming years, we should expect to see a boom in services like ZipCar that let people share goo

SIGNALS: Reprogrammable Chips, Super Corn, Transport, Robot Pharmacists, Indoor Location, Bots, NFC, Flesh, Robot Farmers

  • Reprogrammable Chips Could Enable Instant Gadget Upgrades (source
  • The Battle Royale for Super Corn (source)
  • Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area: Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system (

SIGNALS: Food Futures, Power Struggle, Fabrication Futures

SIGNALS: Robots, Power Struggle, Food Futures, Future Jobs

  • Robots to get their own internet (Source
  • New Congress Majority Plans $100 Billion in Budget Cuts, Slashes Clean Energy Innovation (Source
  • Local Farmers' Markets Accepting Food Stamps (

Honey Laundering and Authenticity

It's hard to find just one or two things to excerpt from Jessica Leeder's great investigation into the large amount of global crime that has grown up around something as simple as honey. It turns out that, in response to U.S. and E.U.

Flavor Trip Your Way to Health

I've long thought that the key to being a good cook is the ability to make terrible tasting but healthy food palatable. I mean, anyone can make a bacon cheeseburger taste good, but it takes some real skill to make broccoli remotely enjoyable. But what if we could just trick our senses into finding traditionally unpleasant food tasty?

Will Your Bacon be Caffeinated?

Far be it for me, as someone who is on a quest to find caffeinated breakfast food, to question the wisdom of fortifying anything with caffeine, but I have to say that I'm a bit skeptical though also intrigued by a product I read about recently: Perky Jerky. As the name suggests, Perky Jerky is beef jerky, fortified with the stimulant guarana, which, according to their website's marketing, "powers professional adults to keep t

The Neuroscience of Cracking an Egg

There's a well-known story in the food studies world involving the acceptance, and eventual dominance, of pre-made cake mixes. In the 1950s, housewives were hesitant to buy cake mixes until General Mills started selling Betty Crocker mixes that required the cook to add fresh eggs as part of the preparation process. At that point, sales shot through the roof.

Blogger Harry Bringull at 90 Percent of Everything offer a pretty interesting explanation of why:

The Salmon Pairs Well with Miles Davis

An interesting study sponsored by Unilever took a look at how background music and sound alter the perception of taste. Among other things, that "foods seemed to taste less salty or sugary as the noise level increase – and more so when noise decreases."

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