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A cookery show, food show, chef thinging show, that sort of thing.
Preface: Im really not interested in posh food, quisine, and the
surfeit of posh cookery shows on telly baffles me. Pretty much
anything thats edible, heated in any random way you wish, and
served in arbitrary sequences of
distribution using poncey patterns
of motion. All done in concert with a person taking the edible raw
materials and applying heat somehow, talking the hind leg off a
donkey as though any of it adds up to something important rather
than a disposable sustenance. Its a fundamental cultural misbalance
and I cant see the point of it.
It seems as though most of the process of grab an edible raw
material; mutilate it in some way; apply heat; distribute it on a
plate with possible iterations before the final step, are pretty much
near-random. In fact, most of it is probably just made up as they go
along, but (and I went to art college) if you can verbally justify it,
then it is art.
I reckon the human fallibility here is that not enough permutations
are iterated through, fast enough, thoroughly enough, and with
proper quantification as to whether this or that minor variance is
better for your health or better appealing to taste, or just better in
some unspecified way.
Chefs and cooks therefore can be supplanted, replaced and made
obsolete by AI. An AI chef, in charge of actual robots to make the
stuff happen, could rapidly iterate through far more bullshit than
real chefs could ever hope to justify their way through, and probably
produce more interesting, entertaining and novel results.
Robot cheffing on telly, as a television show, featuring AI chefs,
doing AI designed robot-made foodstuffs. I think the results will be
good, and the stuff that truly successful television is made of (no,
not ads, actual content).
||What is this "actual content" of which you hu-mons speak ?
||//Its a fundamental cultural misbalance and I cant see the point of it.//
||Strange, I feel the same about music. Perhaps I'm tone-deaf and you're taste-deaf.
||I like this. One thing that might immediately benefit
is addressing the gradual flavor cline between the first
and the last bite. If you eat a candybar or popsicle the
bite tastes better than the last, and this could possibly be
solved with heightening the flavor or sweetness as it
Perhaps 3d printed candybars could have eentsy amounts
sucralose (splenda) that do this.
||One thing that is fun is that now that alphaGozero has
won lots of things, perhaps a near-term AI could write
recipes, although there is a chance it might converge on
vegetarian pizza with crisp rice crust.
||Much more pacifist than robot vs. robot competitions on
public TV as well. Also, the studio audience would be
copiously well fed.
||There are two things that shouldn't be done by robots, and the other one is cooking.
||//and I went to art college//
||This explains so much about Ian that was formerly a
mystery to me...
||It does, and yet somehow strangely not. While it is entirely true
that [IT] once went to art college, he only went there on one
which was to be interviewed for the vacant post of assistant
janitor, but didn't get the job.