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"The answer to the problem of information overload on the Net is reputations… engineer a system called a reputation server."
- Neal Stephenson

Autonomic Food-Processing System  
  Technology allows food to be prepared untouched by human hands.  

The preparation of meals by robots strikes some people as convenient; for others, it seems to be an inhuman intrusion into the simplest of human acts - preparing life-giving food for loved ones.

"...The food's actually prepared by humans."

"Humans? As compared with what?"

"Autonomic food-processing systems," Tito murmured. "Or don't you ever eat in autoprep restaurants?" After all, the Sands were wealthy; possibly they normally enjoyed human-prepared foods. "Personally, I can't stand autopreps. The food is always so predictable..."

From Cantata 140, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1964
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If you just want your food, take a look at Robot Chef Makes Octopus Balls for a glimpse of the present future.

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