Saturday, March 20, 2010

Robot Determines Humans Taste Like Bacon

NEC built a Tasting Robot a while back to assess wines. Thing is, it has now assessed humans, and determined that they are tasty.

It’s all pretty straightforward tech: stick a bit of nosh in front of the robogourmet’s infrared spectrometer and it analyzes the reflected light to determine the chemical composition of the sample. A nice trick, although it can only be programmed to accurately identify a few dozen wines.

Innocent enough, you may think. However, when NEC demonstrated the cybersommelier to a reporter and snapper from Associated Press, the robot claimed the former’s hand tasted of prosciutto ham, while the latter apparently had the unmistakable whiff of bacon about him.

So now we have to worry about an apocalypse where they not only kill us, but eat us as well.

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