Panel Discusses Technology’s Impact on the Future of Food

By August 6, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (August 6, 2019) – What does the future of food look like? What are the perspectives on alternative meat, upcycled food products, and energy-efficient cooking?  In a panel discussion, experts share insights and concerns on how technology can change the way we eat, what we eat, and how that food is served. “Food for the Future,” hosted by Los Altos History Museum, takes place Thursday, August 22, 7-8:30pm in the Orchard Room at Los Altos Library. An informal reception prior to the event starts at the Museum at 6:30pm, with Regrained providing nutrition bars made from upcycled grains. Register for free at

“Technology is rewriting our daily lives in fundamental and often invisible ways. This is not only true for communication or business, but also for our food system,” said Max Elder, Research Director in the Food Futures Lab at Institute for the Future (IFTF) and moderator for the panel. “Digital technologies are sensing, harvesting, formulating, and recommending foods we know and love. But what is lost when we automate our kitchens, recipes, and farms? And how can we ensure that we design technology in our food system that optimizes for yield, efficiency, and profit as well as nourishment, sustainability, and equity?”

The Museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” features IFTF’s Artifacts from the Future, a starting point to get people thinking about what we might be eating in 10, 20, and 50 years. The panel discussion gives the public an opportunity to learn more about some of the new foods and ways of eating that are on the horizon.

Panelists include:

  • Thomas Cheng, Co-founder and CTO of Brava, a company that patented a more energy-efficient oven that saves time in the kitchen
  • Laura Kliman, Senior Flavor Scientist of Impossible Foods
  • Philip Saneski, VP of Product and Commander-in-Chef of ReGrained, a company that upcycles grain from brewing beer and turns it into nutritious bars

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,