Lessons from IBM’s Watson powered lunch truck at SxSW

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Watson, who first made headlines with its win on Jeopardy, was at it again at SxSW, delighting hundreds of people with two new recipes every day. The computer can’t actually cook, but it knows how unexpected ingredient combinations will taste, even predicting whether you’ll find its concoctions pleasant, familiar or surprising.

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Sometimes there’s an actual person making the products we buy

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Once upon a time, before the Industrial Revolution, before malls, before mass media and advertising, we knew who made the stuff we bought. Well maybe we didn’t but our grandparents and great grandparents did. They were on first name terms with the the baker, the butcher, the cobbler, the tailor even the furniture maker. The […]

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