October 4, 2006

I have detailed files. You are delicious.

We're all doomed.

Eventually, there will be robots everywhere, in our homes, cars, jobs - doing everything we're too lazy to do.

Why is this bad?

Because they apparently think we TASTE LIKE BACON:

But sommeliers need not fear for their jobs just yet. Of the thousands of wines on the market, the robot can be programmed to accurately identify only a few dozen at most. It also has more trouble with the task after the bottle has been opened and the wine begins to breathe and thus transform chemically.

"Wines are notoriously similar in their spectral fingerprints," Shimazu said. "The variation this robot detects is very subtle."

Some of the mistakes it makes would get a human sommelier fired - or worse. When a reporter's hand was placed against the robot's taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon.



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