Remember Watson? It's IBM's learning supercomputer that beat Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings. It's turned its considerable intelligence to cooking, of all things, and everyone is raving about its barbecue sauce.
It's called Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce, and it's apparently delicious. It seems like a curry-inspired barbecue sauce with a heavy Eastern influence. Here's what one reviewer wrote about it:
Immediately, you can taste the sweet warmth of the wine and the squash. The tamarind blends seamlessly, backed by a duo of vinegars, to tickle your tongue with just the right amount of tartness. The other flavors combine to leave an indefinable, warm aftertaste that, as you have a few more bites, actually heats your mouth--thanks to Thai chiles.
But that's not all Watson's cooking. At the SXSW expo in Austin this year, IBM Cognitive Cooking operated a food truck using only recipes devised by the computer. You might ask how a computer with absolutely no sense of taste could possibly concoct such delicious food.
It simply uses information. It learns from millions of aggregate recipes which combinations of ingredients work well together, and can extrapolate what kinds of tastes humans would find agreeable. The Austin food truck was even able to incorporate personal preference based on user input.
Watson can't actually cook the food or the sauce. All it does is design the recipe. The actual preparation is done by chefs at the Institute of Culinary Education. I don't know about you, but that sounds delicious to me. Would you try it?