Government Builds Robot to Judge Thai Food


People take their national foods seriously, that’s a given. So when someone is producing sub-par dishes and calling them authentic, it ruins things for everyone else. The prime minister of Thailand is especially tired of restaurants cooking up crappy Thai food, so she had a robot created to solve the problem. Yeah.

According to the NY Times, the Thai Delicious Committee is a group focused on ensuring that Thai cuisine meets high-quality expectations. The committee appointed a robotic judge to deem what is worthy of being called Thai food. The machine utilizes a series of sensors to emulate the chemical signatures of Thai dishes. It then compares the results with a government database of what is considered a “good dish” and projects a score out of 100. If a dish falls below a score of 80 points, it’s legally considered bad Thai food.

The plan is have one of these machines in each of the Thai embassies throughout the world. Each unit is valued at $18,000, and the machines will judge selected restaurants within the areas where they’re stationed. While the science behind it seems pretty solid, some are wary of the robot judge. They feel humans would be better suited to gauge authenticity rather than machines.

Robots can’t taste the love of home cooking. If they could understand love, we’d have a bigger problem than just shitty food.

H/T NY Times


No Special Treatment for Drunken ‘Level 14 Government Officials’ At McDonald’s Drive-Thrus

There are plenty of (not-so) secret tricks you can pull at most fast food chains to get a little something extra, but turns out claiming to be a “Level 14 Government Official” isn’t one of them.

Late Sunday night, a 27-year-old, clearly intoxicated woman walked up to a McDonald’s drive-thru in Greenfield, Wis., and requested—nay, demanded—they satisfy her drunken munchies, on the merit that she was a “Level 14 Government Official”—shh!

Real General Scale (GS) pay level federal employees can make approximately $84,000 to $110,000 annually, leading CBS Chicago to wonder why exactly someone of her pay grade would be walking around a McDonald’s drive-thru without a car. Here’s a thought: maybe she was just being a responsible citizen by not drinking and driving. No problems here officer, just doing my civic duty.

Unsurprisingly, McDonald’s employees didn’t buy it and called the police, after refusing to take her order because she wasn’t in a vehicle, which might be a little too bad.

Here’s hoping there’s no news these next few weeks about freak toxic spills in Greenfield, or else a few late night McDonald’s employees might have just dun goof’d.

[Via The Consumerist]