Robots that do the cooking? Much tastier recipes? Sony has just introduced its latest product, an AI-unit that is set to change how we cook and how we eat.
The Japanese electronics giant’s new research arm, called Sony AI, will be operating in the USA, Europe, and Japan and won’t just be focusing on gastronomy – it will also have its eye on imaging, gaming, and sensor equipment.
The company responsible for bringing us the Spider-Man movies and the PlayStation is just the latest major tech company to want a slice of the food business pie, a business where data is increasingly being used to produce new, tastier dishes to tempt our palates.
Shinichi Tobe, Sony spokesman, says that robotics and AI are not going to replace chefs; instead, the company wants to offer new tools that expand creativity.
“The field of food requires a study of molecular structures. By using AI and its analytical capacity, we can create new things. It involves taste, but also aroma. Through sensing technologies, we can perhaps create new dishes that will please the human sense of taste.”
But Sony aren’t the only company looking to tap into a rich seam. IBM has teamed up with McCormick’s, seasoning makers, to bring AI to the world of flavorings and food product development.
Sony has its eye on a much bigger picture though; not content with robots that cook, they dream of creating an entire robotic kitchen, designed to help elderly people cook for themselves at home without needing to use open flames.
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And they could take things so much further – what about a restaurant where you can watch your meals being cooked by a robot?
“There might be ways of cooking that can only be done by robotics. It might be about temperature control. Maybe about precise timings of when or where to apply heat.”
Whatever Sony does produce in the future, we can be sure that it will be up to their usual standard and we could soon be seeing food-related AI tech in every restaurant and every kitchen.