Bon appétit! Sony whips up a 'delicious' AI unit, explores cooking-robots and new dishes

The Japanese electronics giant wants a piece of the pie in the food business.

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Sony believes that AI and robots cannot replace chefs. That's why they are trying to enhance chef's creativity with robotics.
TOKYO: Cooking-robots and tastier recipes: Japanese electronics giant Sony on Wednesday launched a new artificial intelligence unit they hope will change the way we cook and eat.

The new research arm, Sony AI, will operate in Japan, Europe and the United States and also focus on the traditional areas of gaming, imaging and sensor equipment, as well as "gastronomy".

The firm that produced the PlayStation franchise and the "Spider-man" movie series is the latest multinational tech company wanting a piece of the pie in the food business, where data are increasingly driving new dishes to pique the palate.


"AI and robotics will not replace chefs. We are aiming to offer new tools to expand their creativity with AI and robotics," Sony spokesman Shinichi Tobe told AFP.

"The field of food requires a study of molecular structures. By using AI and its analytical capacity, we can create new things," Tobe said.

"It involves taste, but also aroma. Through sensing technologies, we can perhaps create new dishes that will please the human sense of taste," he said.
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The Tokyo-based gadget-and-entertainment conglomerate is not the only tech company tapping into this seam.

IBM earlier this year teamed up with seasoning maker McCormick to use artificial intelligence in flavour and food product development.

In the future, Sony foresees the creation of a robotic kitchen to help elderly people make meals at home, but without use of open flames.

It may also result in the creation of a restaurant where robots cook in front of guests.
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"There might be ways of cooking that can only be done by robotics. It might be about temperature control. Maybe about precise timings of when or where to apply heat," Tobe said.

Like To Instagram Your Food? Here's What Marco Pierre White, Garima Arora And Other Celeb Chefs Think
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Documenting on Instagram what’s on your plate seems to be the order of the day. But what do these chefs think when patrons whip out their phones and photograph the food?

Documenting on Instagram what’s on your plate seems to be the order of the day. But what do these chefs think when patrons whip out their phones and photograph the food?
Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White

“Everyone goes to restaurants for different reasons — some go for the ambiance, some for the name on the door, some to click pictures of the food. I go to restaurants to be fed. As it is, chefs spend so much time making dishes look pretty, that by the time the food reaches the table, it’s tepid. Enjoy the food, not your phone.”
Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White “Everyone goes to restaurants for different reasons — some go for the ambiance, some for the name on the door, some to click pictures of the food. I go to rest..
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Michelin Star Chef Garima Arora

“It is a two-way street and you have to meet halfway. The guests have to respect your food and we have to understand that the guests have to enjoy the experience in their own way.”
Michelin Star Chef Garima Arora “It is a two-way street and you have to meet halfway. The guests have to respect your food and we have to understand that the guests have to enjoy the experience in ..
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Manu Chandra, Chef Partner, Olive Group

“I see no harm in people Instagramming their food before eating. It’s far less harmful than being glued to your phone through out the meal. Also it’s free marketing for restaurants.

"People who use their phone during dinner, well that is rude. No message will end the world if you don’t check it whilst eating. I don’t use social media much and don’t see how it’s had any adverse effect on my life. I’m just fine, thank you.”
Manu Chandra, Chef Partner, Olive Group “I see no harm in people Instagramming their food before eating. It’s far less harmful than being glued to your phone through out the meal. Also it’s free ma..
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Chef And Restaurateur Floyd Cardoz

“Everyone’s dining experience is their own. If someone wants to Instagram their food, I do not have a problem with it. I love taking pictures of my food, I love recording what I have eaten — it helps me remember any credible dish I have had. I think people should do it, as long as they don’t use the flash and disturb other guests. You’re paying for it, you can do what you want. Taking pictures of what we have eaten have become a big part of how we live. I want my guests to have a good time.”
Chef And Restaurateur Floyd Cardoz “Everyone’s dining experience is their own. If someone wants to Instagram their food, I do not have a problem with it. I love taking pictures of my food, I love re..
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Indian Celebrity Chef And Restaurateur Ritu Dalmia

“I am not much of a social media person, but I have to admit I like Instagram. You see some amazing food pictures and videos on it. I think I am no one to judge whether it is rude or reasonable, that is for the other people on the table to decide. As a chef and host of the restaurant, I have no problem with it. They want to capture the beauty of their plate, I consider it as a compliment.”
Indian Celebrity Chef And Restaurateur Ritu Dalmia “I am not much of a social media person, but I have to admit I like Instagram. You see some amazing food pictures and videos on it. I think I am n..
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Michelin Star Chef Srijith Gopinathan

“This is obviously the trend of this generation and I believe it’s one of the best ways to connect, showcase and communicate. This is an idea that one should embrace looking at the numerous advantages around it rather than some of the annoying factors. Like everything, social media has its pros and cons. However, I feel the pros outweigh the cons. Using your phone on the table is reasonable as long as it’s used only to take a picture. Beyond this, it is just rude.”.
Michelin Star Chef Srijith Gopinathan “This is obviously the trend of this generation and I believe it’s one of the best ways to connect, showcase and communicate. This is an idea that one should e..
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