jeudi, novembre 09, 2006

table of malcontents

Apparently, soylent green tastes like bacon.
Robot Identifies Human Flesh As Bacon

Let the robot holocaust commence: robots think we taste like bacon.

Researchers at NEC System technologies and Mie University have designed the cute little guy to the right: a metal man gastronomist, "an electromechanical sommelier," capable of identifying wines, cheeses, meats and hors d'oeuvres. Upon being given a sample, he will speak up in a childlike voice and identify what he has just been fed. The idea is that wineries can tell if a wine is authentic without even opening the bottle, amongst other more obscure uses ... like "tell me what this strange grayish lump at the back of my freezer is/was."

It also correctly identified the sweetest of three ripe, identical-looking apples. But it's not totally foolproof. A reporter who placed his hand against the robot's taste sensor was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon.

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