This is great timing as Anthony Kesterton from IBM, and his colleague Alice, are coming to Code Club next week to explain all about this and to do a coding activity with you based around it! Click on the picture to read the full article on The Guardian’s website.
“Four years after beating two human champions to win the US game show Jeopardy!, IBM’s cognitive computing system is set to release its first cookbook – with the help of a few human specialists. Out in April from independent American publisher Sourcebooks, Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson uses the supercomputer to generate exotic ingredient combinations from the “trillions” of potential groupings out there, with chefs from the Institute of Culinary Education then designing recipes based on Watson’s suggestions. The book will feature, promises its publisher, “unusual ingredient combinations that man alone might never imagine”.
IBM’s experts began by “training” Watson – which is named after IBM founder Thomas Watson – on tens of thousands of recipes, and on the chemical composition of foods, moving on to the flavours and ingredients which complement each other – such as rosemary and potatoes, or olives and gin. The computer then used three different metrics to analyse ingredients, rating them for surprise (suggesting ingredients which are rarely found together), pleasantness (“researchers have carried out studies on the flavours that give people pleasure at a molecular level,” says the book), and synergy (“studies indicate that foods sharing common chemical flavour compounds taste good together”).”
Big Data, Artificial Human Intelligence & Algorithms combined – Wow, I think we’re in for some interesting conversations next week!