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The recent Smart Kitchen Summit, now on its fourth year, showcased even more advancements and bold ideas which will soon be present in modern household kitchens. The event brought together chefs, product manufacturers, research and development teams, as well as engineers to discuss the future of food preparation.

Besides AI that understands and copes to your cooking needs, there are also a variety of smart appliances in the works. It’s not a remote idea that a ‘smart pan’ becomes reality – one which can tell the person cooking to lower the heat so as not to burn what’s being stir fried.

The buzz is that consumers will soon receive ultra-personalized dishes from high-tech home kitchens really, really soon. These dishes include food cooked exactly the way you like it: runny yolk eggs, crispy bacon, medium rare steak, and so on.

The New York Times reported that major appliance manufacturing brands have embraced the idea of the smart kitchen. Whirlpool and Kenmore, for example, have announced that their home appliances, which include dishwashers, fridges, and cooking ranges, are now fitted with voice controllers like Alexa. And although full integration and interaction has yet to be achieved, the model in mind is that consumers will eventually just talk to appliances to get exactly what they need.

For now, Kenmore said it is gathering failure data from these appliances and using the information to refine smart technology inside their machines. It also improves systems which could extend the life of your appliances – to the point that manufacturers may be able to tell exactly up to how many uses an item can endure before it breaks and needs a replacement.

Artificial Intelligence in the Kitchen

Smart phone with Kitchen Apps.

Attendees at the Smart Kitchen Summit were in agreement that it’s only a mere 5 to 10 years before artificial intelligence (AI) becomes a permanent fixture in modern kitchens. Imagine a scenario where your power blender is able to connect wirelessly to a kitchen scale and your freezer to set up a healthy and nutritious meal for you.

Based on pre-set preferences or your voice activated command, you can have a steak or salmon dinner cooked to perfection without ever touching a pan. The technologies for these innovations are already in existence. People are bound to do more than just use the screen on their refrigerator doors to check your email and browse recipes that your robotic chef will be preparing.

Besides AI that understands and copes to your cooking needs, there are also a variety of smart appliances in the works. It’s not a remote idea that a ‘smart pan’ becomes reality – one which can tell the person cooking to lower the heat so as not to burn what’s being stir fried.

More importantly, these types of modern technology make consumers aware of how much they’re wasting and throwing away in their household.

Removing the Soul of the Kitchen

There are of course apprehensions once the “smart kitchen” becomes a reality. There’s no doubt that millions of people, especially millennials and busy parents, will embrace this technology wholeheartedly given the convenience and ease it offers. When one comes home tired from work, the smart stove can have something warm and home-cooked waiting for them. But will there be “soul” in these kitchens? It seems that people are willing to trade warm, comfort food prepared with love and care for something instant and convenient.

Given that the technology is still a few years away from being fully integrated into home kitchens, let’s hope developers are able to do something about slowly acclimatizing people to these new innovations.