Robots are taking over the world, and the question is, what will we do about it?
That’s the focus of the first TED conference on robots and food this month, hosted by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and University of Pennsylvania.
The conference will take place May 13-15 in the Hyatt Regency Boston.
In an interview with The Verge, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil said the technology has already been used to deliver meals to people for the past century, but the future of food will be more than food delivery.
Kurzwil said that the goal of this conference is to “explore the potential for robotics to change food production, from its production and consumption, to its consumption and delivery, and how we might go about integrating robotics into a future of high-density urban agriculture.”
The idea that we could have robots make food that people could eat in the next 30 years sounds crazy, Kurzwedil said.
But he said the best way to solve this problem is to build food that is “perfectly safe for people to eat,” like “a hamburger without the meat, or a pizza without the sauce.”
KurzWil, who is also a professor of engineering and director of the Future of Food Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh, said the food robot revolution is in the hands of the makers of the future.
We are just at the beginning, and we have a lot of work to do.
“The first step is to understand what robots are and what they are good for,” he said.
He said robots could be used to do things like make certain foods, like sushi, more attractive to the human palate.
“But then they can be used for all sorts of things, like making certain foods taste great to you.
Kurzenweil’s vision is for robots to become the “personal assistant,” a service that would help you with the things you want to do with your life, and which will be better for you than a human. “
So they could be good for something like a sushi restaurant where you can buy a plate of sushi with rice and rice noodles for a very reasonable price,” he explained.
Kurzenweil’s vision is for robots to become the “personal assistant,” a service that would help you with the things you want to do with your life, and which will be better for you than a human.
“If you want your car to be more reliable, your refrigerator to be better, your kitchen to be less cluttered, you’ll probably need an assistant,” Kurzwiil said, referring to robots that help you do this.
Kurzan said robots are already being used in grocery stores to deliver food.
They’ve been used in the delivery of pizza to customers who don’t know what to order.
He also said there are many applications for robots in health care, manufacturing, and agriculture.
For example, he said, robots could make certain types of products like meat that are more efficient, less expensive, and more delicious, because they require fewer resources.
Kurzon said food robots are a big opportunity for robotics because they could help reduce the costs of food.
Kurazweil also said robots will also be useful in medical diagnostics.
“There’s a lot more people out there that are really interested in health than in manufacturing,” he noted.
“Food is one of the main things that people are interested in.”
But what is the best approach to feeding people?
Kurzwer said robots can be useful for a variety of different things.
“It’s not about making something for a specific person,” he pointed out.
“Robots are good at the same thing as people.
You can make a really good hamburger that you think is delicious, but you can’t make it that way.”
And that’s the biggest challenge for robotic food delivery, Kurzenwil explained.
Food can only be delivered to people if they are connected to a device that is able to do something with the food.
“You can’t do this if you have a robot that just sits on your plate and you have to put it in your mouth,” Kurzenwer said.
The second question posed by the conference is what the future might look like for the human race.
Kuruzwil called for a “world where everyone can be a robot” and that “we don’t have to sacrifice the human species for this.”
In the future, he predicted that we will be able to eat everything from sushi to chicken breasts to beef brisket.
But Kurzwaite said that’s unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future, and he believes that humans will remain the dominant species in the world.
Kurzer said he’s been waiting for robots that can deliver food to humans for a long time.
“I’ve been waiting a long, long time for the first time, because I thought it would never happen,” he admitted.
“Now I can say that it’s here.”
Kurwawl said he hopes the TED conference inspires more people to take action and be more concerned with food.