Algorithmic Cookery & Happy Thanksgiving

blog.fastforwardlabs.com

The recipe above was generated by Janelle Shane's recipe-generating neural network, which, of course, is a thing. I found this entire article very amusing. Here's one tip:

For the literary-minded, Janelle recommends training the neural network first on the works of your favorite author before feeding it recipes. Here is what happens when you use the works of H. P. Lovecraft:
"Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 32 minutes. Test corners to see if done, as center will seem like the next horror of Second House.
Whip ½ pint of heavy cream. Add 4 Tbsp. brandy or rum to possibly open things that will never be wholly reported."

Also—somehow I missed that FastForwardLabs (Hillary Mason's data science consultancy, and the authors of this post) had been acquired by Cloudera back in September. I'm a bit surprised—it seemed like they had a good thing going on their own.

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