How can speculative design encourage discussion and debate around systemic issues linked to health and technologies?
Contemporary Western societies are driven by three main structural mutations: they rely heavily on the power of information, their model is articulated around consumerism, and their citizens are increasingly afflicted with non-communicable diseases. In such a system, most of the solutions we envisage to given issues tend to use data, which are sold to the public as innovative services or products. Most of those innovations, however, are released on the market without any prior discussions involving the public, consumers and non-consumers on the possible impact they could have. In this context, how can the designer support the engagement of audiences with complex systemic issues, and act as a catalyst for public debate on technologies and their uses?
Björn Franke, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buurman, Max Rheiner