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by Rattle at 11:30 am EDT, Oct 3, 2006

The ability to discern good wine from bad, name the specific brand from a tiny sip and recommend a complementary cheese would seem to be about as human a skill as there is.
In Japan, robots are doing it.

Researchers at NEC System Technologies and Mie University have designed a robot that can taste — an electromechanical sommelier able to identify dozens of different wines, cheeses and hors d'oeuvres.

When a reporter's hand was placed against the robot's taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon.

Ladies and gentlemen, the future is here, and it thinks you taste like bacon.

I for one welcome our future robot masters, and am glad to know they will be cultured snobs. I would have it no other way...

Update: We will have robot jam bands too! I have a feeling our future robot masters will toss some kickin' parties.

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