We're reading a big report from BBC news where they investigated the incredible notion of 3D printing food. We've covered this before, and sure, it's obviously at an experimental stage right now - but readers will all know where this is heading. We want food printers!
The Beeb article primarily focused on Jeffrey Lipton's experiments, where they've been printing cakes, cookies and even meat! The results look a bit rough today, but one must extrapolate how this will develop.
In discussions with others, we've noticed only two responses to the idea of food printing: "Wow, that's amazing", and "Ewww, I would never eat anything that came out of a machine!"
The latter response is interesting, because most packaged foods you'd find in your local supermarket emerged from industrial machines that, while not 3D printers, also would generate an "Ewww!" factor. Perhaps it's the idea of SEEING the food emerge that makes it less palatable? Maybe future food printers should be fully enclosed.