Waitrose turns to AI to create recipes for successful food products
by Zoe Wood | The Gaurdian

lashPhoto by Eaters Collective on Unsplash

Under fake pink cherry blossom, guests sipped House of Suntory cocktails and picked at plates of chicken karaage, prawn gyoza and cauliflower tempura from a kaitenzushi-style conveyor belt … This was the London launch of Waitrose’s new Japanese range.

But without knowing it, and even if you live hundreds of miles away, your food choices may have had a hand in shaping the supermarket’s 26-dish Japan Menyū range. That is because it was developed with input from Tastewise, an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that analyses menus, social media and online recipes to pinpoint food trends.

While many businesses and individuals are concerned that AI is going to eat their lunch rather than set the menu, the technology is becoming more prevalent in the food industry, with its use doubling since 2017, according to McKinsey’s 2022 Global Survey on AI.

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Is There Hope for Hollywood’s AI Embrace?
by Charlie Fink | AR Insider

Hollywood has been, to say the least, hesitant about AI in the last year. Indeed, the largest strike in sixty years has at its core a fear and loathing of artificial intelligence. Yet a world away at the 80th Venice Film Festival earlier this month, a more hopeful, optimistic view of AI’s cinematic potential was endorsed by some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Joe Russo and Darren Aronofsky.

While promoting his AI-powered movie Here by Robert Zemeckis, Hanks said he could see an AI version of himself acting after his death. Joe Russo, director of Avengers Endgame envisions a future where people can come home after a long day to ask their AI TV for a new movie starring themselves and Marilyn Monroe.

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She got famous on YouTube. Now it helps fund her research in quantum gravity
By  | NPR.org

The dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic helped transform Sabine Hossenfelder into an unlikely social media star. In the process, she has raised a few eyebrows among her fellow scientists. She's also made an important discovery that just might bode well for her future research.

Hossenfelder turned to YouTube "to keep my sanity" when she was unable to go to her office at Germany's Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. Actually, you might say she returned. She'd started a channel in 2007 but just hadn't been very active. Then came a rebranding — Science without the gobbledygook. Today, she has 1 million subscribers (up from 50,000) and also enjoys a strong and growing contingent of Patreon supporters.

Several times a month, the theoretical physicist and mathematician drops a new video, dispensing her dry wit and pithy wisdom to a loyal fan base of nerds across the internet.

She takes her role as a science communicator seriously, aiming her videos at an audience seeking context. "People can go to my channel and get the brief, 20-minute summary," Hossenfelder says. "They don't have to read a whole book or download a review article, which they won't understand anyway."

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
Seeing New Zealand From a New Perspective

Image Credit: NASA / Jasmin Moghbeli

Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli captured this image of New Zealand, with its snow-capped Southern Alps mountain range pictured between the partly cloudy Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, on Sept. 12, 2023. At the bottom right of the image, one of the International Space Station’s roll-out solar arrays is seen as the station orbited 271 miles above the island nation.

Since the station became operational in November 2000, crew members have produced hundreds of thousands of images of the land, oceans, and atmosphere of Earth through Crew Earth Observations. These photographs record how the planet changes over time due to human activity and natural events.

Image Credit: NASA / Jasmin Moghbeli

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