Based on a recent announcement made available by the technological company on Wednesday afternoon, IBM’s Chef Watson is the first artificial intelligent cooking app. Customers will only have to type in the ingredients they have in their refrigerators and the app will immediately unfold a list of suggestions.
The first artificial intelligent program that IBM created last year was called Watson. The computer won its good reputation after defeating human champion Ken Jennings during one of the televised shows of Jeopardy.
IBM has taken things a little bit further; the company has now created the Chef Watson app which is capable of making food suggestions based on the information that clients type in. The culinary project has been designed with the help of Bon Appetit, IBM has declared.
Producers have further added that the project has been under tests in the past year. The beta version they have been working for will be released by the end of the year and developers expect customers to be extremely delighted by the options they have selected for the online app.
Based on the brief description that the company has provided, users have to type some of the ingredients they have in mind in the search box of the app. Chef Watson will provide them with a list of possible ingredients they may add and the preparation techniques they may resort to in order to create tasty dishes.
Even though some customers might be tempted to say that the app is simplistic, the system that the program relies upon is, in fact, much more complicated. When they first elaborated the project, scientists had to take into consideration the ingredients, their properties, as well as their flavors.
According to IBM developers, the algorithmic brain of Chef Watson accesses a large database of ingredients to provide users with the information they need for their recipes.
The database has been enriched with numerous additional pieces of information related to the flavor of the ingredients and the influence they usually have on humans’ psychology. Search options have been improved to provide users with as many options they need for their queries.
Thus, cuisine lovers may choose between different types of culinary styles, different national gastronomies and they may even select “no gluten” or “no sugar” features.
IBM developers have concluded that the project was carried out to give users a helping hand when cooking, but also when looking for viable nutrition advices.
Unfortunately, the Chef Watson app is not entirely perfect. Watson Group Director Steve Abrams has admitted that there are still improvements that need to be made to the program as some of the suggested recipes are flawed.
Occasionally, the program might include ingredients that do not normally match the real recipe, so the human factor is still necessary. However, Abrams recommends users to rely on app’s creativity because some recipes might turn out even better than the originals.
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