The future very rarely produces what we expect it to, or what we are lead to believe it might produce by science fiction writers. Where are the flying cars? The teleporters? But instant, from-the-ether food might be on its way (a-la Star Trek's replicator or the Jetson's food machine), thanks to a company called Systems & Materials Research Corporation, which is developing a food printer or "universal food synthesizer." And Quartz is reporting that NASA just gave the company a $125,000 grant to create a prototype.
devopstom via flickr 3-D printer at work. Soon they may be printing food.
To those of us invested in the art and comfort of cooking, this sounds highly suspect, but the intention of the 3-D food printer is in fact to end world hunger, or so the developers say. Still, the entire thing sounds creepy. From Quartz:More »