We all have watched “The Jetsons” cartoon in our childhood and dreamt of living that life, haven’t we? Very soon this dream is going to materialize with the introduction of AI in the field of cooking. It may sound farcical but a huge fraction of the population living in the West prefers fast foods and processed foods over fresh meals as it consumes very less time to prepare the food and comparatively delicious too.
Yes, you guessed it right. The food industry will soon work in conjunction with AI to manufacture food which is way better than what we’ve been eating.
We’ve been introduced to intelligent robots that are a chef too through sci-fi movies over decades. However, the amazing part of this advancement is not the advanced functions of the robots but the capability of AI to understand our taste buds.
The simplest application of AI in cooking is used by these two applications that craft custom recipes using the leftovers or whatever ingredients that are available to prepare a proper meal. The developers have quite literally fed the data on flavors and aromas to the app’s neural network that was collected for years.
Finally, the algorithms were able to crack the patterns that work well collectively and now they are able to recommend palatable recipes to the user. While PlantJammer aids in preparing meals with leftovers, on the contrary, Foodpairing is used by professionals to mix and match various ingredients and present novel recipes. Chefling, which is also an AI-based kitchen assistant, simply suggests recipes based on the available ingredients.
It is one of the most ambitious projects that can map palate preferences with amazing precision. Processed food meets specific individual tastes instead of appealing the masses with all thanks to this technology.
The palate detecting app prompts the users to describe their taste buds through a wheel that describes 24 diverse tastes (for example “sweet”, “exotic” or “bitter”) with five different levels. It also collects additional data that can potentially affect the user’s palate, like demographics, socioeconomic status and previous experiments with similar products.
Finally, we can visualize the creation of many such apps to let the food industry know about the customer food preferences. In the presence of these AI technologies, there is a world in the future where we won’t be eating KitKat that has an unvarying taste. We can customize KitKat to be sweet, savory, or probably minty flavor. Not only KitKat, we will also be able to enjoy personalized fries, burgers, pizzas and what not.
Reasons to incorporate AI Robotics in cooking
The ground reality is that the contemporary restaurants in luxurious cities are forced to choose between aspects like food quality to achieve the efficiency and food quality or customer service like wait staff to deliver high-quality food that some customers demand.
Automation is another option. This technological advancement has availed the option of producing cost-effective and high-quality food as compared to the fast food restaurants.
On an optimistic note, automation in the food industry is likely to yield more justifying jobs for humans as the tedious tasks are taken cared by software and robots.
Yet the concerns regarding automation in the food service are prevalent, but we need not worry as it is not going to happen in pervasive fashion any time soon.