kitchen of the futurecoThe kitchen of the future will be a sight to behold; indeed there won’t be much to do except “behold”. Suzy Strutner is enthusiastic about IKEA’s version:

But the best part is an unbelievably intelligent kitchen table, conceptualized to reheat food, measure baking ingredients and suggest recipes by “reading” the ingredients placed on its top. It’s thanks to inspiration from design students and the innovation firm Ideo.

Here’s the idea: you plop a tomato and potatoes on the tabletop, set the timer for how many minutes you’re willing to spend making dinner, and the table suggests recipes for potato gnocchi before telling you precisely how to slice each ingredient. The table heats up to act as a burner for your boiling water, and it films the whole process so you can watch a playback of your cooking session later. Plus, you can charge your phone simply by placing it on the table’s surface. Whoa.

So all conceptualization and creativity is taken out of human hands; we’re nothing but slicers and dicers.  I’m sure the books will read themselves to the kids; a robot will wash the dishes; our calendars will arrange tomorrow’s activities.

We’re saving time for what purpose? So we can work more hours?

Oh. Nevermind.  The robots will have our jobs too.

I guess we need more time to watch reruns of Scandal.