Sunday, October 01, 2006

Wine-tasting Robots

Have you heard of that "wine-tasting robot? If not, here is the quick run down. Someone smart enough to build a robot has built one that can, instead of doing useful things, use an infrared spectrometer to analyze the reflection of a glass of wine and thus deduce its taste. Apparently it can decide on the taste of other things as well, according to this quote:

When a reporter's hand was placed against the robot's taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon.

We already know our future is in peril, but do we really need to make a robot that thinks we taste like bacon?

Perhaps you have also seen the following image:

If the caption is a bit too small, it reads, "Press button, receive bacon, enjoy bacon". This is a little note found on those electric hand-dryers in public restrooms.

So now, when the machines take over, in place of bacon coming out when you press the button, a bunch of us will fall out instead.

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