Perhaps you’ve heard that carbon Nanotubes are 250 times lighter than steel, and 50 times stronger. You know what this means for someone who works in the kitchen a lot? Well, think for a second, your favorite cutting knife is a certain thickness, what if it was 25 times thinner, and still had the same strength, only much, much lighter? Wouldn’t that be amazing, almost too good to be true, and I suppose someday in the future you will see such a device being sold, at first on the Home Shopping Network on your TV.
By then we will have a holographic 3-D displays in our living rooms, and we can laser engraving watch a chef chop virtual tomatoes right in front of us, all without getting up off our sofa. And it will probably take your credit card by simply giving a voice command, and it will be shipped to you the next day, or even better you can print it out with your 3-D printer. Okay, but let’s come back to reality and let’s talk about the actual viability of such a cooking utensil, or cooking accessory. Remember you aren’t going to want to chop with a carbon kitchen nanotube knife, as you might cut off your finger accidentally.
Remember it will be totally lightweight, and you might not even feel that you’ve moved it, but it will chop anything it touches. Therefore, you will want a special cutting board, which will be more like a box, and then you will put it on a setting of how you want your tomato chopped, and it will use a special laser finder, and when you see it is the right place you just say; cut. And it will be done, perfectly just as you ask. And why not, it makes perfect sense. In fact, I imagine the future many of our kitchen accessories, utensils, and small appliances will be made from carbon nanotube materials.
If you think about it, a kitchen knife is rather clumsy, and the ones that are very sharp are very expensive, but I imagine that in the foreseeable future these materials will not only be lightweight and stronger, they will not cost that much either. In fact they will be assembled at the nanoscale, into whatever shape you want, for whatever it is you are using – perhaps a frying pan, a knife, or even the body of your next automobile.
And when it’s time to recycle all this stuff, you just throw it into a box, press a button and it will be disassimilated and the molecules will fall apart, and you can press another button and it will make whatever you want. Sounds crazy I know, but that future is coming, and I’d say within 50 years it will all be so. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on.
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