OK, we know. We live in the third dimension, already, but not completely. Television’s 2D—oh, wait, not anymore. Films are in 3D, too. Two dimensions just don’t cut it anymore it seems. Most exciting of all, however, is the development of 3D printers. They’re just what they sound like, if you can wrap your head around that. We’ve begun to print transistors, sort of. And, if you don’t get the 3D picture, here’s one in action, printing some tasty chocolate for you:
Yeah, it could happen a little quicker, but why don’t we focus on the fact that this thing is printing food. It’s probably not the chocolate you’re accustomed to; it’s composed of interesting powders to which moisture is added in the printing process, i.e. algae, grasses, and (gulp) pulverized insects. If that doesn’t look like chocolate, though, then we don’t know what does. So, what can we do with synthesized food?
With printed food, we could help solve world hunger because the process “reduces waste to nearly zero,” as we would find ourselves eating reconfigurations of material we wouldn’t normally eat, according to a recent National Geographic article. Furthermore, our current food technology can’t quite make a 5-year mission to Mars, which is definitely in the near future for humankind. As we take the final frontier further and further, 3D-printed foods will be key in sustaining us. The first dish to be served in 3D? Pizza! Because, of course it has to be pizza.