Sunday, March 09, 2014

Cooking With Watson

When supercomputers become chefs:
For about two years, IBM has been working on a way to harness Watson's data-driven computing into more creative fields--the kinds of things where, unlike a game show, there's no one right answer. The first experiment with that has been in the kitchen. By mining a database of freely available online recipes (as well as recipes from professional chefs and a molecular textbook) and estimating which ingredients might combine for a dish pleasing to a human palate, Watson has been creating unlikely culinary works. The quintillion possibilites--seriously, quintillion--are narrowed down and ranked by presumed tastiness and novelty.

With that data uploaded and organized by type of food, regional origin, and tastiness, the company designed an app that can make logical decisions on what might make for a good dish.
I for one welcome our new chef overlords...

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