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.”
But when some smart aleck reporter placed his hand in the robot’s
omnivorous clanking jaw, he was identified as bacon. A cameraman then
tried and was identified as prosciutto.
WE ARE SO FUCKED