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The Jeopardy-playing computer made a barbecue sauce - it looks delicious

The Jeopardy-playing computer made a barbecue sauce - it looks delicious
IBM Watson Cognitive Cooking

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.

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