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IBM’s artificial intelligence comes into the kitchen

Chef Watson, cognitive intelligence system the company is able to collect information from 10,000 different recipes to create unique and tailored to users dishes.

a chef capable of storing more than 10,000 recipes, take into account the tastes and textures of 2,000 ingredients, combine them with the tastes and dietary restrictions of diners imagine and, based on this, be able to propose instantly more than 16 billion different combinations. Well, that chef exists and is called Watson. IBM’s artificial intelligence has evolved a lot since 2011, in its debut, participants could beat the American television game show Jeopardy!, to the point that only five years after the system is a culinary expert who has dared even to make the jump to the kitchen.

And it is that while Watson still can not cook, yes that has managed to compose the first “cognitive menu” in Spain as it was found in the demonstration organized by IBM in Madrid, with the collaboration of the chefs of The Kitchen Club. “When we talk about gastronomy we do also of creativity and, in this sense, Watson helps us create all those recipes that have not yet discovered,” says Elisa Martin, director of Innovation and Technology IBM.

Watson is the first system of cognitive intelligence, ie, unlike traditional computers their interactions are not scheduled but is capable of understanding the natural language of people and learn. Thus, the system is able to process structured information (such as databases) and unstructured (such as cookbooks or internet articles) and based on that finding the best combination of ingredients that are used are used.

In addition, the system has learned which are the most common combinations and what products are best used as you cook. For example, Watson knows that the olive oil it is a fundamental element of Spanish cuisine, just as soy sauce is typical of Asian dishes; while if the user has indicated some kind of food allergy, such as lactose, the system will do without containing milk ingredients.

This technology, accessible to the public via the web for anyone to interact with it, is very intuitive and easy to use: only need to select the ingredients used, the type of dish (drink, dessert or main) and dietary needs of the user . The system takes care of everything else.

IBM’s big bet Chef Watson is just one example of the many applications that can have cognitive intelligence systems in our daily lives. This technology, called to transform the relationship between humans and machines, aims to help people make better decisions thanks to its high processing capacity, to analyze millions of data in just a few seconds, and give an answer in real time. More so in a context in which the popularization of smartphones, social networks and the Internet of Things data has flooded society.

Watson is the great bet for the future of IBM, especially since early in the century abandoned computer manufacturing, as evidenced by the 1,000 million euros that the US company has invested in the development of artificial intelligence.

Many corporations have already begun to introduce their solutions. One of the sectors that have shown interest is health. Reference centers as the Genome Institute of New York or the Mayo Clinic in Spain, IBM Watson used to provide customized treatments to each patient; while firms such as Medtronic developed based on this technology an application that can predict a hypoglycemic episode up to three hours before it occurs. Other national companies such as CaixaBank, with Watson as a consultant, and Repsol, which employs cognitive intelligence for better results in the areas of exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons and have incorporated it into their decision-making processes.

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