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How Artificial Intelligence is changing the future of cooking forever
There are many ways artificial intelligence is making it easier to cook, get recipes, and have smart kitchen appliances in the future.
Several artificial intelligence companies are working on projects that could soon change the way people cook at home. Here are three examples of artificial intelligence technology already available or coming soon that can help you save time in the kitchen.
1. Even more food at your fingertips
Every year, more than 1 billion pounds of food gets thrown away in America because it was never eaten, according to a 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A company called Nine Labs wants to reduce this waste with its Android app, called LeftoverSwap.
The idea is simple: People log what leftovers they have sitting in their fridge and what they're willing to give away. A list of people in the user's area looking for leftover food appears so you know who will be benefiting from your uneaten leftovers today.
The app even allows users to request specific types of food or allergies, making this a game-changer for someone with dietary restrictions on what he or she can eat. One day soon, LeftoverSwap could help reduce the amount of perfectly good food that gets thrown away each night because it wasn't eaten.
2 . Technology can help you with meal planning
What if artificial intelligence finds out exactly how much protein you need every day and then finds recipes that meet those needs?
A start-up company called Soylent is working on a product that could do just that.
The company, which has already had success with a product it calls Soylent, a "ready-to-drink" meal for those looking to save time, and funded a Kickstarter campaign to create a product called Coffiest.
This caffeinated version of the original drink is designed specifically with busy professionals in mind.
It's full of caffeine and gives nutritional benefits of both coffee and Soylent, but with fewer calories than either beverage alone.
In addition to its new products, the company is currently working on artificial intelligence software that would analyze exactly how much protein you need each day based on your height, weight, and fitness level.
3 . Artificial intelligence can help you get recipes
What if artificial intelligence found out exactly what you needed to put in your slow cooker based on the ingredients you had?
Or how about if artificial intelligence could find recipes specifically tailored for what's available at the grocery store down the street, making it easier than ever before to follow a recipe.
A company called Ocado is already doing that.
The British online grocery service provides artificial intelligence technology that finds specific recipes based on each individual user's tastes, allergies, and cooking style.
So, if artificial intelligence knows you're allergic to nuts, it won't show you a recipe with walnuts in it -- unless you tell artificial intelligence you'd like to see how other users have made substitutions on their own.
Ocado has partnered with several famous chefs including Heston Blumenthal, the " Fat Duck Cook," a three-star Michelin restaurant in England.
The artificial intelligence technology offered by Ocado is a glimpse into how artificial intelligence will play a major role in the future of cooking -- finding recipes based on individual tastes, allergies, and other dietary needs or restrictions.
Artificial intelligence is exploding by leaps and bounds these days. It can help you reduce food waste, plan your meals, find recipes, and much more.
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