IBM's high-tech barbecue sauce is impressive

Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce created by IBM's Watson. Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce created by IBM's Watson. Photo Credit: IBM

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"I'll take 'Delicious' for $2,000, Alex." That's what Watson, the IBM supercomputer known for beating human Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings, might have thought . . . er, processed, when tasked with inventing a new barbecue sauce.

To show the power of "cognitive cooking" technology, engineers had Watson absorb recipes and information about the enjoyability of flavors and data on ingredients.

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The result is "Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce," a nonintuitive combination of butternut squash, white wine, dates, Thai chilies, tamarind and more. Most who've reviewed the concoction say that like Watson, it's a champ. If you want to make it yourself, the recipe is here.

We think the feat is impressive, but we're holding out for a machine that can chop the squash, and clean the mess after a big barbecue dinner.

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