IBM Computer Creates Meals At South By SouthWest Festival

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IBM brought a very special food truck to Austin. It is serving dishes developed by its famous supercomputer Watson. In addition to fruit, Baltic Apple Pie uses garlic, onion and pork.


And our last word in businesses: Computerize Cookery.

The South by Southwest Festival is underway in Austin. And IBM has brought in a very special food truck, serving dishes developed by its famous supercomputer, Watson.


One early recipe, Baltic Apple Pie. It draws together unlikely ingredients: apples, apricots, blueberries, ginger, garlic, onion and pork. I'm kind of cringing here. IBM calls the Cognitive Cooking. The computer draws from all kinds of information about ingredients, recipes, tastes profiles - even the smells of different foods.

MONTAGNE: You know, I think that sounds interesting.

GREENE: You can have it.

MONTAGNE: Pork and peaches or blueberries, I guess. But give Watson a few inputs apparently; a kind of dish, a type of cuisine, an ingredient and he gets to work on a never before tasted recipe. It's programmed to search out inventive, novel food pairings, David.

GREENE: OK. Call it invented - whatever you call it. Now for the actual cooking, Watson needs the help of a chef who I am hoping can actually veto some of these recipes before actually going into the kitchen.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.


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