Where our kitchens came from and where they are going

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RCA/ Whirlpool kitchen
credit: RCA/ Whirlpool

When computers started becoming common in the late fifties and early sixties, they were seen as the answer to the problem of the kitchen. But as Rose Eveleth notes in her article Why the "Kitchen of the Future" always fails us, It is all still about women in the kitchen.

Around the corner, in the kitchen, our lovely future wife is making dinner. She always seems to be making dinner. Because no matter how far in the future we imagine, in the kitchen, it is always the 1950's, it is always dinnertime, and it is always the wife's job to make it. Today's homes of the future are full of incredible ideas and gizmos, but while designers seems happy to extrapolate far beyond what we can do today when it comes to battery life or touch screens, they can't seem to wrap their minds around any changes happening culturally. In a future kitchen full of incredible technology, why can we still not imagine anything more interesting than a woman making dinner alone?

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