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  •  Warp drives and holodecks are all very well (1+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl

    but what we really need is the food replicator.

    (That and the stuff that gets so taken for granted on Trek that it's never raised: things like artificial gravity and effective radiation shielding.)

    •  3-D food printing is real (1+ / 0-)
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      Wino

      http://qz.com/...

      Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.

      But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 09:23:24 AM PDT

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      •  3-D food printing, yes ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... but not synthesizing of food at an atomic level.

        While the concept of food printing is seriously amazing, it's basically just an advance (albeit a major one!) in food reconstitution.  The replicator turns non-food into food.

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