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People don't like to cook.  Or to put it another way, people don't like to cook all the time.  Sure, it's great to put together a meal for a special occasion or, if you're like me, you're fussy about how and when you like your meals prepared, but there are a lot of times when cooking just isn't convenient.  Like when you haven't bothered to do the dishes for a week.  So, it's only natural that the idea of a machine that does the cooking for you is so amazingly attractive. Don't believe me?  Ask your friends how many have a decent chef's knife and how many have a microwave and see which wins.

This idea is so attractive that it became something of a cliché.  That's why it shows up on Star Trek ad nauseum (sounds like a good series title).  The Jetsons would be lost without one, as would any self-respecting home of the future.

The only problem with the food machine is that when it reaches it's logical conclusion, you've got a vending machine.

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