There is a joke in the computer world…. Scientist create a computer that is more intelligent than a human. They ask it the following question : ” Is there a God ?” The computer answers ” In the past, maybe. But now there is one for sure!”
Some people say Artificial Intelligence will be the last truly human creation. However, you can benefit from AI right now, and worry about whether genius computers will enslave the human race later.
That’s because smart computers turn out to be great cooks. Bizarre I know, but let me explain:
A few years back IBM created a somewhat intelligent computer . No it is not sentient, it does not have self-awareness or emotion. What is does have is some really cool programming that gives it the ability to understand human language, create hypothesis, and learn all sorts of things really fast. In fact, its a bit scary how well it does those things. You might remember that Watson, the IBM creation, beat the two world champions at Jeopardy.
Now IBM is trying to capitalize on its creation by having it learn all sorts of things in various industries such as medicine and the business world. In a short period of time, the machine has absorbed tremendous amounts of information about cancer research for example, and is using that information to create new treatments, or refine old ones, with Doctor approval of course.
But if you think about it, cooking is sort of like medicine. You have so many possible ingredients, and cooks need to understand some basic chemistry and how it all fits together to create recipes based on what worked in the past. As it turns out, Watson is so good at this sort of thing, people that have tasted the computer’s recipe creations have been wowed,especially by the unique flavor combinations. This bucket of bolts really knows how to cook !
So it makes perfect sense that Watson has created its own BBQ sauce and supposedly it is really really good. People describe it as the half way point between some sort of Asian sauce and BBQ sauce. The point here is that you can give the computer any parameters that you like, give it the “rule” , for example, low fat vegan, and let Watson do the creating! Are we in for an era of better food ?I sincerely hope so This sauce has almost no sugar in it for example. So the age of software generated recipes is already off to a good start . I for one am ready for the geniuses of the computer world to cook for me ! And below, the recipe
Here is Watsons AI created BBQ sauce
300g butternut squash, diced
200g white wine 100g rice vinegar
50g butter, unsalted
5g tamarind concentrate
10g chili paste (Sriracha)
4g soy sauce 50g dates, pitted and chopped
2g Thai chili
3g mustard seed
3g turmeric, fresh, thinly sliced
0.4g cardamom, ground
5g coriander leaves
2g Meyer lemon zest, grated
5g salt, to taste
10g Meyer lemon juice
6g molasses 1. Gently sweat the squash in the butter over medium low heat until softened, approximately 5-10 minutes. 2. Add the vinegar, tamarind, water, wine, chili paste, and soy; bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Add the dates, chili, mustard seed, turmeric, and cardamom. Continue to simmer and reduce to roughly 250g, for about 20 minutes. 3. Remove from heat; add the coriander leaves and lemon zest. Blend to a very smooth consistency and cool. 4. Season the mixture with salt, lemon juice, and molasses. Chill