Have you ever wanted to squeeze your DNA into a pipette for the chef in a restaurant? Well now you can! With Sushi Singularity, you can eat the food you’ve always wanted…genetically engineered and made out of a printer!
It might seem like fiction, or something out of Black Mirror, but this is in fact a real thing; well it will be in 2020.
Open Meals, who are a Japanese conceptual design studio, have announced their new idea to start a restaurant that create bespoke meals based off the consumer’s DNA, to match your exact nutritional needs.
The perfect meal if you will.
Like some sort of diet utopia, you will leave completely replenished and recharged. But, they will be fashioning and creating these perfect meals using your saliva, faeces and urine samples. Dread to think what their hygiene ratings will be like.
Not only that, but you will have to send your bits off 2 weeks in advance, in a little testing kit you’ll recieve in the post. Doesn’t exactly set your appetite up for a meal, a gentle reminder of pipettes in the post.
Creating a health ID of your data, people will analyse the results they get back to create your perfect meal.
“Hyper-personalisation will become common for future foods. Based on DNA, urine and intestinal tests, people will each have individual health IDs,” said Open Meals.
“This identity is analysed, and nutritional matching is performed to match nourishment needs with biometrics, thus the person is automatically provided with the optical diet,
One company examines a sample of urine to figure out the nutrition status of your body and the other tests gut flora and figures out which food would improve your gut conditions”.
However, you can’t imagine this 3D printed sushi is going to taste all that amazing, after it’s created by a series of industrial mechanisms, including a CNC machine, a 3D printer and robotic arms.
You can’t help but chuckle at the utter ludicrousy of it, but for some weird reason you just know that the restaurant will do well. We’re so obsessed by weird, new crazes that it’s in almost no doubt that when Sushi Singularity swing open their doors in 2020, it will be fully booked for the foreseeable future.
It does seem a shame that one of the wonders of life is being turned into a robotic, heartless operation. If you told about this to an Italian, he’d have a heart attack and then made you have dinner at his mothers’. In a world where love is being lost in so much, we can’t let it be lost in food.
So is it fair to say HEKKTA is a little sceptical? Well, yes. However, you can’t ignore that lab-made food could well be our future. Not in the next few years, don’t panic.
But it’s not beyond the extraordinary that genetically engineered foods will become not just good alternatives, but viable options in replace of real meat.
The first steak grown in a laboratory from cow cells as a meat alternative was developed in December last year, while Novameat invented the “world’s first” 3D-printed meat-free steak made from vegetable proteins.