IBM’s Food Truck Dishes Up Computer-Generated Snacks [Video]

IBM’s Food Truck Dishes Up Computer-Generated Snacks [Video]

The company teamed up with the Institute of Culinary Education to show off a recipe-generating program.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 28 february 2014

IBM teamed up with the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) to cook up dishes based on the recipes generated by the recipe-generating program that is part of the company’s research on “computational creativity.”

IBM and ICE have been collaborating on a project called cognitive cooking, which is a system that can help create new recipes based on research and scientific theories on the pairings of ingredients. The two groups have been working together for the past two years to test the limits of ingredients pairing and develop strategies to implement “cognitive cooking” in the culinary arts.

What the system basically does is spit out a list of ingredients after analyzing what might go with a key ingredient identified by the chef. The chef can also input other ingredients that he or she wants to include and the system will generate various suggested recipes with different ingredients.

The system was first put on display at the IBM Pulse conference in Las Vegas via the IBM Food Truck. ICE chefs created dishes based on recipes that the public voted on. Some of the new recipes served included unique dishes like Baltic Apple Pie, Creole Shrimp-Lamb Dumplings, and Austrian Chocolate Burrito.

The IBM Food Truck’s next stop will be at  South by Southwest in Austin.


Check out the video below about computational creativity.


Source: Eater, The New Yorker

Images: IBM

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