Where Robots Learn to Cook
July 15, 2013 1 Comment
Recently I’ve had several conversations about robots: how people keep making robots that can do new things, how robots are getting better and better, how someday maybe they’ll take over. Yes, it is a bit daunting, but I believe there are some things that robots will never be able to do quite as well as we humans can do them.
One of these is cooking. I can imagine robots making fast-food meals that are exactly the same for every customer in every restaurant. (And I’m kind of surprised that McDonald’s hasn’t yet replaced its cashiers with ATM-like machines where you key in your order and the foodlike items drop out of slots–that technology has been available for a while, but thank you McDonald’s for continuing to hire humans who need jobs!) The kind of cooking that requires tasting the food and making judgments about what it needs, though, seems like something that can be done well only by someone who eats food.
I’ve written before about robot cooking blogs, but today I received a trackback from one that really impresses me with its ability to look like a pleasant, informative cooking site while actually publishing a lot of gibberish. It’s cookdaymeal.com and is “Designed by DECENT WEB EXPERTS.” (You can tell they’re really decent by the capital letters.) I clicked through to their site, and it looks like the decent experts might be humans, just humans who don’t speak English. But cookdaymeal.com has recipes that I don’t think were written coherently in any language. For example, here are the ingredients of No Bake Banana Pudding:
Components: three or even four ripe plums, broke 1/3 cup dissolved butter (or decreased fat for any healthier version) the single cup sugars or darling (this could become reduced in order to cup) 1 egg cell beaten one teaspoon vanilla one teaspoon baking soda pop Pinch of sodium 1 glasses associated with all-purpose flour or even whole wheat grains flour Optionally available: Walnuts, pecans or some kind of other enthusiast of the particular option.
That’s a lot of plums for a banana pudding–and no bananas. Yet somehow we will later “mix the particular butter using the bananas inside a large mixing dish.” Here are some other excerpts from assorted recipes:
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Anyone who would make a fruit smoothie that way has got to be thinking electronically, it seems to me. On the other hand, recipes that call for “two teaspoons cooking soft drinks” and “four ovum” might be human recipes that were just translated by a robot whose inadequate algorithms come up with “cooking soft drinks” instead of “baking soda” and “ovum” where normal humans would say “eggs”–mistakes that any non-English-speaking human using an other-language-to-English dictionary might make. Hmmm, maybe the site is trying to avoid copyright violations by having robots translate real recipes from English to another language and then back into English, perhaps with a thesaurus involved?
I’d love to hear from any readers who are brave enough to try one of these robots’ recipes and see how it turns out!