Those of us of a certain age relate many technological advances to the old Hanna Barbara cartoon “The Jetsons.” Folding cars and flying cars remind us of George Jetsons’ vehicle that folded into a briefcase after flying to work, and a robo-vacuum automatically brings memories of Rosie, the Jetsons' robot housekeeper.

Rosie was the first thing I thought of when I saw this video of the world’s first robotic kitchen preparing crab bisque, although it's not as smart as Rosie, yet.

Right now, according to Ars Technica, The Moley Robotic Kitchen can only make crab bisque, and it can only do so if everything to make the soup has been pre-positioned perfectly. Its creators hope that within two years, the technology will be ready to sell to consumers with an “iTunes style library of recipes” to be downloaded into its memory. The cost? The first to purchase the robotic chef can expect to pay about $14,600.

The robot’s movements are designed to copy “the exact movements of Tim Anderson, the 2011 winner of the television show ‘MasterChef’.” It cannot think for itself and cannot compensate if any tool or ingredient is out of place. If things aren't laid out perfectly, there will be no bisque.

It’s the fact that the robot can be programmed to cook like a specific chef that has me intrigued. Imagine coming home to a dish cooked by your robotic kitchen exactly the way your favorite chef would make it. Here’s something fun to think about it. If you could have this robotic kitchen programmed to make a meal you saw prepared by a chef on TV or a favorite meal you ate in a restaurant, what would it be? I think I’d have it replicate the burger from The Spotted Pig.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Robot cooks may happen sooner than you think
The world’s first robotic kitchen is up, operational and making crab bisque like a ‘MasterChef.’