Via TOKYOMANGO, the Mainichi reports on a series of new robots shown off at the FOOMA JAPAN 2009 food exhibition-- but not your usual giant fighting robots or schoolteacher robots. No, these are cooking robots. (Eat your heart out, Cookin' Mama.)
The robot their video report primarily focuses on appears to be designed to make okonomiyaki (often called a “Japanese pizza,” it's a sort of pancake with various sauces or toppings added to it), but there are other robots as well, including a sushi-making robot, photographed above...which is way creepier because it's designed to have an actual human-like hand. At least, I think it's creepier.
I don't want to be the kind of curmudgeon who would be too closed-minded to at least give the stuff a shot (especially considering how mechanical some of the “cooking” done at “restaurants” is these days), and if it wasn't hideously expensive I'd surely give it a shot for the novelty of the experience...but I can't say I'm especially looking forward to robot cooking taking over.
How about you?