In a future world, well-to-do people have access to piped food that travels straight to their kitchens.
Let us focus on one such food; the eternal sausage.
My first idea was to simply force sausage meat into one end of a pipe. A tap at the other end allows the consumer to slice off the required amount. Given that perhaps 100 residences in any given area have this facility, I'm not sure how well sausage pressure would compare with water pressure: Would there inevitably be hang-ups in the system? Would some people lose out at mealtimes?
My second idea is to pipe all the nutrients in liquid form and then use apparatus at the residence to 'grow' sausages using lab-grown meat (a technology that is currently being developed). A problem with this is that, if the customer were having a party and required a lot of sausage, they would have to grow and store it in advance and that defeats the purpose.
How do I achieve piped sausage to people's homes?
- The sausage must in some way be delivered through pipes. Please don't suggest other forms of delivery.
- The pipes are lined with a non-stick substance and the joins are very smooth.
- The pipes should be a maximum of 1 inch or 2.54 cm in diameter (internal).
- The average distance between the production installation and dwellings is about a mile (1.6km).
- At least part of the motivation is that the users can brag about it to their less well-off friends. However, for their bragging to be effective, the system must work.