We hear a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) and not all of it is good. But here comes Google with probably the most delicious use of AI ever seen.
The firm released a blog post where it described how it used the technology to make some new recipes that are bound to be loved by all. It all began when the team noticed that baking searches had increased for the months of November and December.
"Being in the AI field, we decided to dive a little deeper into the trend and try to understand the science behind what makes cookies crunchy, cake spongy, and bread fluffy — and we decided to do it with the help of machine learning. Plus, we used our ML model to come up with two completely new baking recipes: a cakie (cake-cookie hybrid) and a breakie (bread-cookie hybrid)," wrote Sara Robinson, Developer Advocate, Google Cloud and Dale Markowitz, Applied AI Engineer, Cloud AI.
The team focused on cookies, cakes, and breads and used a Google Cloud tool called AutoML Tables to build a machine learning model that determined which recipe was for which baked good according to its ingredients. The tool also identified so-called hybrids that were part one baked good part another.
It was these hybrids that procured the ingredients for the cakie and the breakie. The cakies had the "crispiness" of a cookie and the, well, “cakiness” of a cake and the breakies were "more like fluffy cookies."
It's important to note that AutoML Tables did not produce the recipes for the new baked goods. It simply indicated the ingredients. But don't worry. Google has included the recipes to accompany these cool new ingredients in its blog and they are pretty straightforward.
So if you are feeling curious and hungry, try making your own cakie and breakie.