Twenty years ago, I wrote an article: “Growing Toyotas. Manufacturing Soybeans.” I was half right. There is a 3-D printer that can manufacture chocolate.
The future is clear: people will have food replicators, just like on the Enterprise. “Tea. Earl Gray.”
There will always be foodies who grow food in their backyard, the way my wife does. But when we’re talking about food in boxes, why not use replicators?
If you buy snacks, why not make your own?
Will Monsanto own the patents on the powders that make the food? Will there be a black market for non-Monsanto food powders? “Hey, buddy. Want some special powders?”
If it sounds like science fiction, that’s because most innovations do.
Today, chocolate in a laboratory. Tomorrow, pizza on Mars.