Saturday, March 15, 2014

Computer Generated Recipes

Per a report on NBC news, Watson, IBM's Jeopardy and chess winning supercomputer, has been tweaked to "not only recall data but to think creatively. Watson digested more than 35,000 recipes from around the world, learning the flavor profiles and chemical compounds that taste good in order to to generate some combinations never attempted before."

The talk of this being an example of "cognitive computing" is hypey bullshit (hence the introduction at SXSW rather than in academic papers), but in light of such concoctions as "Belgian bacon pudding (with bacon, heavy cream and figs)", it seems clear to conclude that, as predicted, computers are plotting to kill us.

Hat tip to Barry Strugatz for the link.

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