Bear Naked and IBM Chef Watson team up to help you create custom granola blends. Humans get granola help from a supercomputer.
A site will create thousands of new granola combinations from more than 50 ingredients that Bear Naked is allowing consumers to choose from. Customers can pick a base ingredient, say chocolate or honey, and IBM’s artificial intelligence system will offer up three suggestions to add to the mix.Fortune gave the web service a test drive. We picked honey as a base. Watson suggested we add toasted sesame seeds, cracked black pepper, and banana chips to the mix. If we opted for that combo, it would have cost $9.99 for a 300-gram pack of granola.
Users are allowed to opt out of any ingredient suggestion from IBM Chef Watson. To guide consumers, alerts pop up notifying shoppers if the combination they are creating will actually result in a tasty granola.“This allows consumers to have a first of its kind discovery around food and unexpected flavor pairings,” Lauren Berkowitz, director of Watson Life, told Fortune. “What we did at the molecular level is taught Watson the science and chemistry and flavor pairings. And then applied that to food.”
Increasingly, IBM’s IBM -0.72% Watson has been “learning” more about consumer preferences. It came up with a Thanksgiving turkey recipe last year, it powered a shopping app for The North Face, and it has crafted new cooking recipes.