The first gulp is sweet. Then they switch some setting on the electrodes buzzing my tongue, and the same liquid tastes… sour. Bitter lemon sour. I’m at the virtual reality lab at the National University of Singapore, sipping on the world’s first digital slurpee, its taste delivered to my brain via TOIp (taste over internet protocol).

Taste, smell, texture, heat? They are all, they tell me, about to be digitised. “Who needs to travel to a family lunch,” one of the lab team asks me, “when you can have your granny’s roast chicken in VR, and without any bones?”

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