E-Delicious Machine A Food-Tasting Robot
The e-delicious machine has been financed by the Thai government in a laudable effort to ensure high quality Thai food the world over. It is described as "an intelligent robot that measures smell and taste in food ingredients through sensor technology in order to measure taste like a food critic."
Diplomats and dignitaries have been invited to witness the debut of a machine that its promoters say can scientifically evaluate Thai cuisine, telling the difference, for instance, between a properly prepared green curry with just the right mix of Thai basil, curry paste and fresh coconut cream, and a lame imitation.
A boxy contraption filled with sensors and microchips, the so-called e-delicious machine scans food samples to produce a chemical signature, which it measures against a standard deemed to be the authentic version.
In his 1943 short story Robinc, Anthony Boucher describes a cooking robot that was able to (of course!) taste the food under preparation:
Half your time in cooking is wasted reaching around for what you need next. We can build in a lot of that stuff. For instance, one [mechanical] tentacle can be a registering thermometer...
And best of all - why the nuisance of bringing food to the mouth to taste? Install taste buds in the end of one tentacle.
(Read more about Boucher's robot taste buds)
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