Robot Mimics Chefs to Prepare Five-Star Dishes at Home
By equipping chefs with sensor-fitted gloves, robots can easily learn the specific ways they prepare meals, opening the door to professionally prepared home meals.
A set of robotic arms has expertly prepared a professional chef's crab bisque recipe at a recent industrial fair in Hanover, Germany, opening the door to having professionally prepared food for each meal at home.
By equipping chefs with sensor-fitted gloves, robots can easily learn the specific ways that master cooks prepare meals, mimicking their hand and arm movements at all moments during the cooking process. All it takes is setting out the ingredients in prearranged locations.
The technology is being developed by Mark Oleynik, a Russian-born scientist and engineer now based in London, with assistance from teams at Stanford University, and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, in Pisa, Italy. Oleynik’s company, Moley Robotics, aims to sell the first commercial model by 2017 for a price of $15,000.
"Oleynik’s plan is to support his automated kitchen with an online library of more than 2,000 recipes. And, because it is copying the idiosyncrasies of particular people, the service he plans will let a user select not only a dish, but also its creator — in effect, bringing a virtual version of a celebrity chef into the user’s house to cook it for him."
At Big Think, we've spoken before of robots taking the jobs of humans, whether it's bus drivers, lawyers, or journalists (gulp). There are several serious questions that face economists and public policy developers going forward. One is whether robotics will create enough jobs to sustain our current rate of employment. That seems doubtful since the main industry they open up is robot repair services (but how long before that is automated as well?).
A third question, and a very ironic one indeed, is whether the economy can sustain a future of free abundance, created by machines for a public that can satiate itself endlessly on goods that have an extremely low marginal cost. But of course, if many, many people lose their jobs to robots, how are we going to pay for things? Does paying for things even make sense anymore? Americans currently specializing in what Andrew McAfee, associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management, calls "routine knowledge work" may find themselves out of work sooner than they think.
Jonathan Zimmerman explains why teachers should invite, not censor, tough classroom debates.
- During times of war or national crisis in the U.S., school boards and officials are much more wary about allowing teachers and kids to say what they think.
- If our teachers avoid controversial questions in the classroom, kids won't get the experience they need to know how to engage with difficult questions and with criticism.
- Jonathan Zimmerman argues that controversial issues should be taught in schools as they naturally arise. Otherwise kids will learn from TV news what politics looks like – which is more often a rant than a healthy debate.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
It marks another milestone in SpaceX's long-standing effort to make spaceflight cheaper.
- SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy into space early Tuesday morning.
- A part of its nosecone – known as a fairing – descended back to Earth using special parachutes.
- A net-outfitted boat in the Atlantic Ocean successfully caught the reusable fairing, likely saving the company millions of dollars.
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