Can't Sleep, Robots Will Eat Me

Wired has just run a charming piece regarding a most lovely device becoming all the rage in Japan. Our good friends at NEC System Technologies and Mie Universityhave apparently devised an ingeneous system to allow a robot to classify and report on the taste and composition of various foods.

"Wonderful, marvelous, crackin' good invention." You might say. Of course now you can have a your own royal robot taster to find poison or trans fats in your feasts of gluttonous fancy. The article, however, contains a veiled warning:
"Some of the mistakes it makes would get a human sommelier fired -- or worse. When a reporter's hand was placed against the robot's taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon."
Yes, folks, you read it right. This Robot already sees you as bacon. Beware robots named Homer.

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