To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the coining of the word robot by the Czech playwright Karel Capek, we thought it would be fun to take a look at another side of robotkind, one that’s all too human. Here’s a by-no-means-complete list of failed attempts by automatons to replace us flesh-and-bone types.
Hold the Beothurtreed
Janelle Shane, an optics research scientist, wanted to find out whether artificial intelligence could create a menu that didn’t taste, well, artificial. So she fed a computer 30,000 cookbook recipes and then programmed it to create its own recipes. The result: Something called “Beothurtreed Tuna Pie.” Want to make it? You’ll need these ingredients:
1 hard cooked apple mayonnaise
5 cup lumps, thinly sliced
Once you have your apple mayo and lumps, “surround with 1½ dozen heavy water by high, and drain & cut into ¼ in. remaining the skillet.”
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