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IBM's Watson app whips up Big Data in the kitchen

Published on Jul 1, 2014 7:05 AM
Watson, a supercomputer artificial intelligence service by IBM. -- FILE PHOTO: IBM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Putting a chef's hat on its Watson supercomputer, IBM and the magazine Bon Appetit unveiled a new initiative on Monday that seeks to use Big Data for gastronomy.

A new app unveiled in test version called "Chef Watson with Bon Appetit" aims at helping cooks "draw on Watson's advanced cognitive capabilities to create entirely new recipes and gastronomic combinations that have previously never been conceived," IBM said.

The kitchen becomes the new proving ground for Watson, which has been working on fighting cancer and other medical applications, after a successful challenge on the TV game show Jeopardy.

The new app is part of the Chef Watson program introduced this year by IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education.

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