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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

No, not food a robot might eat. I mean food that’s been cooked by an actual robot. Would you eat it?

Technology has taken us to far and wide places. We have come up with some amazing machines that have done wonders for our society. But when robots become involved, it’s hard not to think about futuristic movies you may have seen where robots take over the┬áhuman species.

Chinese engineer Liu Changfa has just created a robot that will cook you dinner. When you get home from work and you’re too tired to start stir-frying or baking in the oven, this machine will do the work for you. According to Oddity Central, the robot takes orders via a laptop and cellphone, which let diners choose preset menus or program it to cook certain dishes.

All the seasonings you would ever need are kept in the robot’s chest, and it can access those herbs and spices anytime you decide you need┬áthem added to a certain dish. The majority of the cooking is done in its belly, where there is a pressure cooker installed. The diner needs only to add raw ingredients and program the robot to cook what he wants to eat.

Changfa says a few chinese restaurants will be trying out the robot in their kitchens and even serving some of the dishes. He hopes that the idea will catch on and more places will soon be using the machine.

Good idea, but I think I’ll keep making my own food for now.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

When it comes to reading books online, I am totally unenthused. It seems that when people read their books over the internet, they are no longer really reading a book. Merely just a webpage.

When amazon.com released the first Kindle reader, my sentiments remained the same. Sure, it may hold up to 1,500 books in a tiny little machine, but it still doesn’t feel the same as reading an actual book.

Reading something on a small little screen, like the Kindle’s, will surely wear down your eyes after a period of time. The same can be said for reading a lot of text online. Many people that work in front of computer screens for hours at a time are known to get frequent headaches, blurred vision, and an eventual increase in glasses prescription.

I can understand if you’re stuck in an office all day and have no choice but to stare a computer screen, but why would you want to do that in your free time?

The latest thing that’s really got my goat is that California governator Arnold Swartzenegger has recently banned books in schools. (Read about the travesty at the Times website.) These kids aren’t even given a choice about whether or not they want a real live book in front of them. This extraneous technology is being thrown at them whether they like it or not.

“Sorry, Timmy. Looks like you’ll have to bring that real copy of Moby Dick home. In this classroom, we use our Kindles.”

By doing this, are we teaching children literature or technology?

I don’t know about you, but for me there’s nothing like the feeling of curling up in a cozy place with a great book in your hands. The characters seem more alive, and seem to transfix the reader more than a machine or the internet ever could.

Somehow, I just don’t think curling up with a Kindle could ever be quite so appealing.

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