In 2011 IBM made history. A supercomputer created by the company, named Watson, beat two of the world’s best Jeopardy champions–winning $1 million.
It was programmed to think and speak like a human. Originally it was comprised of 750 computer servers in a room. But now, there are multiple versions of Watson –all performing a range of human like activities like cooking.
The cooking version, appropriately named Chef Watson, was a collaboration between the Food Network’s two-time ‘Chopped’ champion, James Briscione, and IBM’s senior software engineer, Florian Pinel. Chef Watson lives in the cloud and is accessed through an application in beta form. The application allows someone to enter a type of cuisine, a type of dish, and a main ingredient. Chef Watson will in turn create hundreds of recipes by pairing ingredients by their flavors and their chemical compounds — recipes no one would ever think of.
Past recipes were as bizarre as Belgian bacon pudding and an Austrian Chocolate Burrito. While a fun unique process, the team envisions this technology serving a greater good like creating recipes for people with food allergies or aiding in health and nutrition.