Imagine a world in which the way food tastes and the nutrition are independent. You could eat vitamin-fortified soylent green and make it taste like pizza or bacon or ice cream or chocolate cake. It's just like those dreams programming language people have of having surface syntax independent of the parse tree, so that you can have many different syntaxes on the same program. It's like those movies where the evil villain wears pink.

In the future, what you see, smell, taste, feel, and hear doesn't have to match what's on the inside.

Bacon Salt is one of the early pioneers in this future of food. I hope to see many more.

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Anonymous wrote at Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 2:24:00 PM PST

+1! I can't wait either.

Ray Kurzweil has talked about this a lot in his last few books. He discusses both the current state of research and the future potential. He draws an analogy to contraception, which effectively disconnected reproduction from sex, and proposes that we'll similarly be able to disconnect nutrition from eating.

Anonymous wrote at Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 10:04:00 AM PDT

Sounds awful. I love real food, like the bacon and eggs I'm about to make. In typical fashion, this will most likely just cause retarded babies or kids so morbidly fat they die at 12.

Anonymous wrote at Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 11:42:00 PM PDT

naahhhh.... it sounds yuk !! however we can't predict future but still its better to have good delicious food.

Amit wrote at Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:38:00 PM PST

Here's a related TED talk: