Cornucopia – The Next Generation Food?

While twittering with my blogger friends the other morning, Pierre, my ever the tech geek, messaged me this from his office… upstairs. (yes, we do message each others even under the same roof)

It seems the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is also looking into the 21st century cooking, coming up with Cornucopia, a “personal food factory”, but that you could probably describe as a food printer. While a printer draws on a sheet of paper, and some upcoming 3D printers can actually build whole objects on demand, this one will actually use a bunch of ingredients to make food driven by computer commands :

Cornucopia’s cooking process starts with an array of food canisters, which refrigerate and store a user’s favorite ingredients. These are piped into a mixer and extruder head that can accurately deposit elaborate combinations of food.

Can a machine really do all that? Wow! If this really works out, it could completely revolutionized the way food is being prepared today. Imagine a machine making elaborate combination of food that is not only edible but also supposedly smells close to what you ordered. Doesn’t that sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie?

It is said that it can create texture too. I wonder what kind of texture can it create? Imagine a world without human touch in food, a world without cooking or baking… Gasp! Quelle horreur! Quelle catastrophe! I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not ready for this kind of food nor cooking style.

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