Watson, the artificial-intelligence machine that was created by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has come up, with the first ever cookbook.
The cookbook is the first ever book to be co-created and co-written by Watson and the co-writers from the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). The book is titled, “Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson”. It is planned to go on sale as of April 14.
The idea was conceptualized in 2012 and IBM instantly began working on an ideas generation tool with the use of Watson’s artificial intelligence. The decision to use food as the subject came up because food is something people enjoy. The food culture is something people appreciate.
A cookbook was also a good idea because cooking is similar to programming in the sense that ingredients are brought together to create something new. Like most coding projects, programmers had to stretch their imaginations and then work on bringing it to life.
After creating the interface, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) fed data to Watson in the form of already existing recipes. The aim was to allow Watson to learn how the flavors interact, the food’s nutritional content, the cultural preferences, and chemical composition.
Following the information feed, Watson then suggested a combination of ingredients. The ICE team then began working. Some of Watson’s recipes sound familiar such as bruschetta and grilled asparagus snacks. However, Watson always incorporates some twists in the recipes.
The Turkish Bruschetta, for example, requires various ingredients. They include sumac, dry oregano, paprika, parmesan and Japanese eggplants.”Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson” has over 65 recipes plans to include additional recipes are being made.
IBM is developing a new Web-based app that will assist people in creating new recipes through the use of algorithms. Florian Pinel, a senior software engineer at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), explained how the app will work. After choosing the kind of food you like, Watson takes your selection, considers the composition and nutritional value and comes up with a possible combination.