Reverse engineer your favorite food with an app


Remember when “Julie and Julia” was the craziest thing to ever happen to the food world? We’ve come a long way, baby. 

Now, there’s an app that claims to actually look at photos of food and know what the dish is and even how to prepare it. 

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Pic2Recipe is the artificial intelligence system developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory that analyzes photos of food and actually tells you what the food is and how to cook it. 

The researchers used websites like All Recipes to create the Recipe 1M database with — you guessed it — over one million annotated recipes, complete information about various ingredients. The researchers then “used that data to train a neural network to find patterns and make connections between the food images and the corresponding ingredients and recipes.” Read more…

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