This picture taken on July 25, 2012, shows Thai people buying food at a market in Thailand's southern Narathiwat province.
This picture taken on July 25, 2012, shows Thai people buying food at a market in Thailand's southern Narathiwat province. - 
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This story, found in the pages of the New York Times, when you think about it, is a thing of pure genius.

Scientists in Thailand are set to unveil a robot that will be able to tell whether Thai food is actually genuine Thai food.

Proper proportions, the right taste — you get the idea.

The possibilities, honestly, are endless...testing Mexican food, Chinese, Indian.

Of course, it's entirely possible we Americans have just come to prefer "fake" ethnic food.

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