Are you aware of 3D Printers printing food? It’s now Open Source! Ex:
It’s just a matter of time before this technology cross-pollenates with the technology of 3D printing like the links in this post:
That would mean we could have 3D machines with multiple “toner cartridges” where each “toner cartridge” contains a specific building block material and then the software can combine quantities and locations of material to produce a more appealing, edible food output. Imagine a “toner cartridge” of something sweet (agave syrup), another of salty (sea salt), something protein (ex: the gluten-based goop called Satan, only liquified), a carb (any starch will do), and now have the software combine, cook, and boom you have printed food.
The real thing to remember here, is the difference in 3D printers. The printers mentioned in my Personal Replicators post take a base building-block material like plastic or silver and form it into usable objects like a toy with moving parts or a working wrench. The food 3D printers, however, take food you can eat (like turkey or chocolate), liquifying it and re-shaping it into other forms. The real genius of this market will occur when we are taking base building blocks and making edible food. Have you heard about the research producing “meat” “growing” in a petri dish? Or about the seaweed “production” businesses? In these cases we’re counting only on cell-division to create base building blocks, which then could be put in the “toner cartridges” and combined into a “food product”.
Meanwhile I’m totally jazzed this is happening in Open Source!
Wow. What a wild era to live in!