Artificial intelligence might soon decide your dinner plans.
Samsung launched its AI-powered Food app, which will use artificial intelligence to provide users with personalized recipes and food recommendations.
The app, launched in eight languages and 104 countries, boasts 160,000 recipes, Samsung said in a news release on Wednesday. The goals for the app seem to be as lofty as naming the app simply…Food.
The idea for the app, the company said, is to provide and app that acts “as a personalized assistant that helps users discover new dishes, create tailored meal plans and order ingredients online.”
Since Samsung makes a wide range of cooking appliances, the app should also help users control their appliances and provide step-by-step cooking instructions.
“The food we enjoy and the way we prepare it are central to our daily lives, and we all love to cook and eat together,” said Chanwoo Park, Samsung executive vice president, in a statement. “By connecting digital appliances and mobile devices across the Samsung ecosystem and assisting users from shopping list to dinner plate, Samsung Food is using advanced AI capabilities to deliver a highly personalized, all-in-one food experience that users can control straight from their palms.”
The app could, for instance, set timers, pre-heat ovens, or change cooking settings based on the recipe chosen by users.
On face value, there would seem to be some value to the Food app. If you’re not feeling very creative it should, in theory, be able to take the ingredients you have on hand and spit out a recipe. Samsung Food is, after all, based on the popular food-organization-app Whisk, which the company acquired in 2019. With an added AI component, the Food app, in theory, could learn your preferences and modify recipes and shopping lists to fit your needs. The app could, for instance, make a recipe vegan or swap out ingredients for what’s on hand.
Color me skeptical that the app will turn a bad cook into a good one, at least just yet. I wouldn’t trust an app to control the cooking temp for certain dishes. So much of cooking is feel and tech will have to come a bit further before a fantastic dinner is just a set-it-and-forget-it deal. Still, Samsung Food could prove to be a nice kitchen tool, especially if you’ve already invested in Samsung appliances.