This episode delves into the fascinating advancements in AI, particularly the strides made toward equipping AI with human-like sensory abilities. Chris reminisces about “Bender’s Rule” from Futurama, where Bender, a robot, fails miserably at cooking due to his lack of taste and smell. This humorous example underscores a historical limitation in AI – its inability to process sensory experiences like humans. However, recent breakthroughs have begun to challenge this notion. Researchers have developed an artificial tongue that allows AI to identify basic tastes, marking a significant step in overcoming Bender’s Rule. Additionally, an AI with a rudimentary sense of smell has been created, capable of analyzing wine aromas. These developments hint at a future where AI could potentially excel in tasks requiring taste and smell, such as cooking. Chris highlights the potential for AI chefs and the importance of focusing on AI’s positive impacts rather than just the negatives often portrayed in the media.