In the future, chefs and cooks will be replaced by robots. Who wouldn't want a MarioBataliBot9000 explaining how the sea and mountains influence Ligurian cuisine, all the while making dinner for four? Here's one step in that direction: a Barrett WAM 7 DOFs manipulator learning to flip pancakes by "reinforcement learning." After about 50 tries, the robot figures out how to do it properly. Learn, robot, learn!
Video: A robot learning to flip pancakes