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A 3D Food Printer Is The Ultimate Innovation In Lazy Chef Technology

The future is here. The future is now. The future is food.

Don't believe us? Take a look at this food that was made in a printer:

What is that, exactly? We can't really tell you with 100 percent certainty, but we do know that it was made with a special 3D printer by mechanical engineering professor Hod Lipson's team.

Lipson specializes in artificial intelligence and digital manufacturing at Columbia Engineering and is currently working to create an everyday 3D printing device that can not only create beautiful-looking foods but cook them as well, according to 3ders. Lipson says that the ability to print food is just the natural next stage of humankind's technological advancement.

"It touches on something that's very basic to our lives," he said. "We've been cooking forever, but if you think about it, while technology and software have wormed their way into almost every aspect of our lives, cooking is still very, very primitive -- we still cook over an open flame, like our ancestors millennia ago. So this is one area where software has not yet permeated. And when software touches something, it takes off."

The gadget, which is super small, smooth and sleek for a 3D printer, uses a robotic arm fitted with eight slots where you can place frozen food cartridges. As of now, it shapes and prints the food perfectly, but Lipson and his team are still working on perfecting the infrared heating element that will be used to cook your dish as well. Hopefully people can have these in their homes sometime soon, though we don't have any estimated date on it yet.

For now, if you love the idea of 3D-printed everything, head over to Food Ink in London, a high-class pop-up restaurant where you can sit on 3D-printed chairs and eat 3D-printed food with 3D-printed cutlery.

In addition to the fan-favorite chocolate desserts, most of the dishes served up at Food Ink are sculpted from paste-type foods with textures similar to hummus, as they are the easiest to drop through the printer. At more than $330 a head for a three-course meal, we sure hope it doesn't taste like mush.

Imagine what restaurants like Food Ink can do with a device that cooks and prints their food at the same time?