Look, I'm not saying a burrito is my favorite food to eat, but I have to give credit to NYU grad student Marko Manriquez for creating this modded 3D printer that'll basically build you a burrito to your liking (kind of).
I say, kind of, because the BurritoB0t doesn't actually print out the burrito. (Although there are 3D printers that can print out food. The BurritoB0t has nozzles for different types of condiments that can be squirted out. When customers order their burritos through the BurritoB0t app, they can choose how much crema, salsa and guac they want on their wrap.
Somebody will still have to set down the burrito wrap, shovel on the rice and then close the thing up when the BurritoB0t is done squeezing out all of your preferred condiments. But short of getting your arse up and building the burrito yourself, the BurritoB0t is a step in telling robots exactly how you like your food. "I'll take two squirts of hot salsa please!"
Why a burrito, though? In Manriquez's own words:
Burritob0t is a platform for rapid prototyping and tracing the source of food in our lives to reveal hidden issues revolving around fast food: labor practices; environmental consequences; nutritional values. Mexican fast food is emblematic of the assembly line, mass produced era of modern consumables - appropriating the authenticity of the ethnic food sensibility it purports to embody while masquerading as an edible like substance. Because the burrito is a mass market consumable, it lends easily as a way for examining and stimulating discussion on various aspects of the food industry including: how and where our food is grown, methods of production, environmental impact, cultural appropriation and perhaps most importantly - what our food means to us. By parodying the humble burrito's ingredients and methods of production we can shed light on these exogenous factors and interconnected systems surrounding the simple burrito.
All we need now is for the entire burrito making process to be fully automated. Show me a 3D printer that can print the wrap Manriquez and then we'll talk.