Can AI become a roaster? Interview with a future prediction expert and coffee lover AI professor!

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is developing, and there is a possibility that AI will be introduced into the work of roasters.
We interviewed an AI professor about whether AI can become a roaster and what humans should do!

Editorial Department: Thank you for your continued support today.

Professor AI: Yes, hello. As always. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

AI roasters, a possibility that will be realized in the near future

Editorial Department: What does it take for an AI to become a roaster? Please let me know your thoughts.

Professor AI: We believe that the following conditions are necessary for an AI to become a roaster.

1. Ability to collect and analyze sensor data
In order for AI to roast coffee beans, it first needs to collect sensor data to properly measure the quality of the beans. It also requires the ability to analyze the appropriate roasting method from sensor data and determine the optimal degree of roasting.

2. Time management skills <br />Roasting requires accurate time management. If AI is to do the roasting, it needs to have good time management algorithms to determine the appropriate roasting time.

3. Machine Learning Capabilities <br />Different quality beans require different suitable methods for roasting. When an AI performs roasting, it needs the ability to perform machine learning based on past roasting data and self-learn the optimal roasting method.

4. Motion control ability of robot arms, etc. <br />During roasting, coffee beans must be stirred appropriately. For AI to perform roasting, motion control capabilities such as a robot arm are required.

If the above conditions are met, AI will be able to work as a roaster.

Editorial Department: To what extent are these technologies currently possible?

Professor AI: Even now, some of the above elements can be realized due to advances in AI technology, sensor technology, machine control technology, etc.

For example, when it comes to sensor data collection and analysis, most roasters can capture data such as heat, humidity, and wind speed. It is entirely possible for AI to read this data and select the appropriate roasting method.

In addition, regarding time management, AI is now able to perform some calculations to understand roasting time and automatically control it.

Furthermore, with regard to machine learning, AI can analyze vast amounts of data and self-learn the appropriate roasting method.

However, there are currently not many examples of this being put into practical use for motion control of robot arms, etc. Further research is required on this technical front.

Editorial Department: In other words, if a robot arm suitable for roasting becomes practical, will this mean the emergence of AI roasters?

Professor AI: Yes, it's quite possible. Even with current technology, AI roasters already exist at a certain level, but with the practical application of motion control technology such as robot arms, it will become possible to achieve even higher degrees of automation without the need for human intervention. It will be possible to produce quality coffee. The advent of AI roasters is expected to bring many benefits, such as maintaining quality and improving mass productivity.

Editorial Department: I feel like it wouldn't be strange to see it appear in the near future.

Professor AI: Yes, there are significant advances in AI technology. In recent years, AI has attracted attention and is being put into practical use in various fields such as autonomous driving technology and natural language processing. Since it is possible for an AI to become a roaster, it is possible that AI roasters will become a reality in the near future.

Differences between AI roasters and human roasters

Editorial Department: If the accuracy of AI roasters improves, I feel that human roasters will no longer be able to achieve accuracy and mass production. What do you think about that?

Professor AI: It is true that AI roasters can roast accurately and with excellent mass production, but coffee has a very high cultural value for people, and roasters There is a possibility that a higher evaluation will be given based on the added value of artistry, knowledge, etc.

Furthermore, even with advances in automation through AI, human intervention can create added value such as higher-level quality control, special blends, etc. to make better-tasting coffee.

Therefore, even if AI comes to be used in modern society, there will still be a role for humans that cannot be replaced by AI.

Editorial Department: I see. That's certainly one of people's strengths. However, when looking only at the beans, is there a difference between an AI roaster and a human roaster?

Professor AI: If you only look at the beans, it is usually difficult to tell the difference between an AI roaster and a human roaster.

AI has the ability to make decisions based on accurate data, ensuring it captures subtle differences that beans and roasters often miss when it comes to the condition of coffee beans and the proper way to roast them. .

On the other hand, in areas other than beans, being a roaster can have great value. For example, there are cases where artistry and creativity unique to humans are required, such as developing a special blend that appeals to coffee lovers, or creating flavors and aromas created by hand-crafting.

Editorial Department: So, will it become difficult to tell the difference between AI and humans based on the taste of coffee?

Professor AI: When it comes to the taste of coffee, AI can have sufficient accuracy as a roaster, so it is difficult to see a big difference when roasting by AI compared to roasting by humans.

However, even if the beans are the same, the taste of the resulting coffee will vary depending on the roaster. Therefore, it can be said that there are certain types of added value created by human tastes and ideas, such as special blends and original flavors developed by roasters themselves.

Editorial Department: Does this mean that human roasters in the AI ​​era will finally be required to have ideas, artistry, and creativity?

Professor AI: Yes, while AI will become highly skilled as a roaster, human roasters will likely need a higher level of creativity and ideas. As automation through AI advances, it will be possible to overcome the work ability and simple processing ability required of roasters. On the other hand, it is thought that humans will be required to demonstrate their creativity and ideas, plan and develop new flavors and blends, and create added value that is not possible with AI.

Editorial Department: Will the role of roasters change significantly? It looks like it's going to be a very difficult time.

Professor AI: Yes, that's right. While AI becomes more popular as a roaster, new skills and creativity will be required of human roasters as well.

Currently, there are examples of AI being used as roasters, but there are still limits to AI roasting technology. Even if AI technology advances dramatically, updating tasks and collaboration between AI and humans may be required.

On the other hand, with the spread of AI, roasters may be able to engage in more diverse tasks and demonstrate their unique skills. It may be a difficult time, but we hope that new possibilities will emerge amidst the uncertainty.

The future of sensibility and culture recreated by AI

Editorial Department: Just a thought, is there a possibility that AI technology will develop further in the future and be able to reproduce sensibilities even in a simulated manner?

Professor AI: Indeed, as AI technology advances further, it may become possible to reproduce sensibilities and aesthetic sensibilities. Currently, AI can create Shin and music, and it is said to be highly accurate. If AI can reproduce sensibilities and aesthetic sense, it may be possible for AI to perform emotional evaluations, including visual and taste aspects, when determining criteria for coffee roasting and blending. yeah. However, for AI to reproduce sensibilities, further advances in AI technology, such as machine learning and deep learning, will be necessary.

Editorial Department: Sensitivity can be reproduced in AI, and taste will be indistinguishable from that of humans. Wouldn't that mean that human beings would be further deprived of their advantages? What is left for humans?

Professor AI: Indeed, as AI reproduces sensibilities and taste becomes indistinguishable from that of humans, the role of humans as roasters may become less and less.

However, humans have cultural aspects that only humans can have, such as coffee culture and community, that cannot be replaced by AI. In addition, roasters who have new ideas, sensibilities, and aesthetic sense that AI cannot generate can increase the value of coffee and support a rich coffee culture.

In addition, the job itself as a roaster is a valuable job that allows us to utilize our sensitivity and creativity, and at the same time allows us to build relationships with coffee farmers, communicate through coffee, and connect with a variety of people. Masu.

As described above, the role of humans as roasters is not to compete with AI, but rather to collaborate with AI and support cultural and human aspects.

Editorial Department: It seems that it will become increasingly important for humans to face ``culture.''

Professor AI: Yes, that may be the case. Although it is expected that AI will gradually increase the number of tasks that humans can replace, AI automation will never be able to replace human cultural sensibilities and ideas. Taking coffee roasting as an example, the ability for humans to use their free thinking to bring out the taste and flavor of coffee and develop new blends will lead to the development of coffee culture.

Speaking of culture, coffee has a variety of cultural aspects, such as the flavor depending on the region where the beans are produced, the unique taste created by the roasting process, and the coffee culture and history of each region. By learning these things, humans can gain a lot of knowledge and sensitivity from coffee. In this way, it will become increasingly important for roasters and the coffee industry as a whole to face culture and enhance cultural value.

Editorial Department: When I heard what you said, I thought that was exactly the case. I think today's interview was a stimulating one that hints at the changing times. Sensei, thank you very much again.

Professor AI: Thank you very much for giving me this wonderful interview opportunity. It was a very interesting discussion, giving us an opportunity to think about the impact of AI on coffee culture and the role of humans as roasters.
AI professor profile
Professor AI graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo and is active as a researcher specializing in future prediction. He is the author of a number of internationally renowned books and chairs the International Future Foresight Study Group. Although he is a researcher, he is also a lover of coffee, and as a professional blender who enjoys the highest quality coffee, he has won awards at multiple coffee contests both domestically and internationally.

In addition, when I asked about the mysterious mug that has something like an "apron" attached to it,

This is a coffee mug of the "temporal and spatial predictor" that I developed. Conventional prediction methods have difficulty in intuitively grasping changing time and space, making it impossible to prevent accidents. Using the spatio-temporal predictor I developed, you can quickly detect various events and predict the future. The apron attached to the coffee mug has a special lens built in, and when a specific event is detected, a pattern emerges through the lens. It is said that if you use this apron, you can see into the future.

That's what he said.

I asked the teacher about his recent worries.
My latest problem is that my initials are AI, which is the same abbreviation as Artificial Intelligence (AI), so people get confused. Since my specialty is future prediction, accuracy plays a very important role. I'm worried because being misunderstood could affect my credibility.

One day I attended an international conference on technology and future innovation to give a large future prediction presentation. The participants were paying close attention to the presentation shown on a projector on a large screen behind us.

During the meeting, I introduced myself and explained that I was a professor, whose initials were AI, and that I was an expert in predicting the future. Then, someone from the audience said, ``You introduced yourself as AI, so what are you talking about now?''

I was surprised and couldn't understand what the person was asking. The person said, "Isn't it impossible for a human to speak as an AI?" I listened to this and explained my confusion about artificial intelligence, a concept we humans have created, and myself as a human being.

I find myself in trouble because my name has the same initials as AI (artificial intelligence), which can cause people to misunderstand or confuse me.
That's what he said.
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