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Haters of cooking and lovers of cashew chicken rejoice: a joint effort by students at Yangzhou University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and a business in Shenzhen have created a fully-automated robot that can cook 600 classic Chinese dishes with a simple touchscreen selection.
Although details of the invention process have yet to be released, sources report that one only needs to dispense the ingredients into the machine, program it, and await a delicious meal.
There's no demonstration video yet either, but in the meantime, an earlier version at 2009's Chinese Industry Fair here whips up an order of kung pao chicken. Skip ahead to 0:30 to see the mechanical chef in action.
Between the Chinese cooking robot and the German kebab-slicing robot, perhaps it's only a matter of time before human cooks become a quaint anachronism.
It'd be nice to have that in an American home where some people may not have time to cook. If it can memorize the recipes so you don't have to input the instructions each time, and you can just insert the ingredients and tell it what to cook, that'd make it worth having in my home, where no one has time to cook or the skills. (:
the world is gonna have issues with unemployment, robots are becoming more and more popular only thing it needs is laws protecting robots from lawsuits and etc.. SO then what do we with the human labor force?
You have a point cloudmaster101. We seem to be making newer, faster, better robotics that will take over even the most everyday tasks.
Then again, the same argument was used for other things when iceboxes were outdated when modern refrigerators were built.
Perhaps, like any other innovation, there will be great gains and great loses. Remember, that robot doesn't build, maintain, or supply itself; somebody (even if a robot does it) that is human is brought in to answer that.
I think in an ideal world, robots would replace the menial tasks and allow for humans to become scientists, politicians, doctors, engineers, and other professions that would help progress humanity.
You know what? Scratch out politician from that list.
FINALLY!!! a robot that does something useful!
I'm wondering how easy it is to clean the insides. If it can also clean itself buy putting some dish detergent in a dispenser and hooking the hose to the sink, then it's a real winner.
If robots can do what humans do then I guess the job market don't look so good for us anymore.
I get annoyed by paranoid people who always crib about how everyone is taking their jobs.
a couple of them I saw were..
"If robots can do what humans do then I guess the job market don't look so good for us anymore."
"the world is gonna have issues with unemployment, robots are becoming more and more popular only thing it needs is laws protecting robots from lawsuits and etc.. SO then what do we with the human labor force?"
Robots will take jobs??? who the heck will make those robots.. people.. who will service and upgrade them.. humans..
Won't this industry add new jobs? wont these jobs be better than flipping burgers in a kitchen.
this is simply like a manufacturing robot that has been around for decades. there is no AI built in just a simple set of pre-programmed routines. Start being scarred when robots can think for themselves and change their own programming.
Although you got a point, but in other hand, we wouldn't have cooks in the future any more instead of a bunch of engineers? That'd be interesting.
I had a feeling that some Chinese dishes looked robotically made. Now, I have proof. How do we complain to the cook if we don't like it? I want a T-1001 to cook me some pancakes.
if we just use robots to cook and do not learn to cook then if a disaster happens and we lose the robots we will die of hunger and food sickness.
So how much of the prep work did it do? Did it take a hunk of meat and slice it into bite-size pieces, or add the oil to the pan before the several ingredients are added?
Yes this robot seems like an amazing idea, it can cook 600 Chinese dishes, and it is touch screen, but in reality its a bad idea. In this economy, people suffer from unemployment, and this robotic creation will cause even more unemployment. Robots are becoming very popular, and maybe one day in the future, robots will overpopulate humans.
Sounds nice. Are there any dishes that come pre-chewed? Also do I have to wipe my own butt afterwards?
Have you people lost the plot? Why shouldn't the robot cook? After all, the robot can't dream up new recipes for our enjoyment, only a human can do that.
On a side note our robot overlords will need oil to keep them happy, so I'll focus on better ways of making purer bio oil for their enjoyment.
Here's the thing: robots are REALLY good at repetitive assembly tasks. I'm guessing the fast food industry is just BEGGING to deregulate the labor laws so companies such as McDonald's and Burger King can install just one bot in their kitchens. Once you have one robot in a fast food kitchen, how long before you have two? That's all you need. One cooks, one assembles. You effectively reduce your employees to just a handful. And those are needed to support the robots.
Now I'm not against robots. Far from it! But sooner or later our overlords will be in charge not by force, but because the world invited them in because this current generation of "first job" kids is really incredibly lazy and/or ignorant that they need a smartphone just to tell them where they work at. Feel free to flame me on this privately. Don't blame PopSci for my opinion.
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