Weber now has a smart grill including an app that allows lazy control freaks to remotely monitor how things are going without having to lift the hood. The aptly named iGrill, which Weber acquired from iDevices last year, tells you when your meat is done and takes the guesswork out of grilling.

Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the adventure?

Grilling is all about guesswork. Everyone has his own rituals and techniques. So you mess up sometimes. It happens – usually when you’re drinking and, you know, having too much fun with family and friends. I know there’s a food safety issue, but after decades of grilling, I haven’t poisoned anyone yet. At least not as far as I know.

Where does all this smart nonsense end? When we never have to lift a finger? When everything is done for us by smart machines? When every drop of humanity is squeezed out of our lives? When every move we make is optimized for maximum efficiency? When we’re all interchangeable digital drones?

Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the adventure?

Look, I get that some people just don’t have the grilling gene. I know that not everyone is as into cooking as I am. And there are definitely nights when it would be very cool to have that Star Trek gadget that instantly makes whatever you want.

The thing is, none of us get to fly around the universe in a starship discovering strange new worlds and all that. We’re all just regular people. And if you take all the guesswork out of daily activities like cooking, what’s left? TV. Games. Apps.

How long before there’s an app for living?

Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the adventure?

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  • Dirk Duden

    Yep, with you all the way, Steve. Putting my actions where my mouth is, I just got back from 2’000kms on the motorbike along the Thai-Myanmar-Laos border mountain ranges. There’s no app for that. There’s the Adventure.

    • Steve Tobak

      Ha! Ride on, Dirk!

  • Brad

    Science has proven that people prefer the inconsistency of humans. A project where a robot was programmed to play a guitar perfectly timed note for note and people recoiled, they enjoyed the human playing because the subtle imperfection was more alive and emotional. Same for cooking: take the exact same ingredients/recipe and give it to a person and then give it to the cold steel hands of a machine; the human dish will be FAR superior. I will rue the day when we prefer cold perfection to the ebb and flow of the human experience. I’m still part caveman…..I’ll grill my own damned meat thank you very much.

    • Steve Tobak

      “I’ll grill my own damned meat than you very much.” Priceless.

  • Anurodh Sharma

    Looking for fun & adventure, Steve??? Agreed, its out there in doing it yourself !!!