Hugo Liu is a Hardass Asian Parent’s wet dream. First of all, the 27 year-old upstart has a Ph.D. from MIT and bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science. Second, while I’d love to write him off as science Liu-ser, he’s using his expertise to turn the culinary world on its ear. Plus, he’s freaking adorable. I mean, look at him.
According to today’s LA Times, Liu, who was born in China and lived there until he was six, has developed two computer programs, The Synesthetic Cookbook and Gulp Fiction, which break down food and recipes by…emotional association.
A user searching the (Synesthetic Cookbook) database, which is behind an MIT firewall today, could call up a screen with a plate on it and order dinner ideas for the whole family. “Beef” would bring up countless possibilities but could be refined with “spicy,” “herbaceous” and, especially, “comforting”…
The user of (Gulp Fiction) can have it write a recipe…The fun is in the context: A request for “sad” oatmeal produces a recipe with red wine, beer, gin, vodka, brandy and soda; “poetic” pizza has no crust; “pensive” deviled eggs call for apricot preserves.
Did you understand a word of what you just read? Neither did I. Let me give you a layperson’s summary.
Dude’s smarter than us and probably cooler, too. And he’s making us all look REALLY bad.
In spite of that, we love him anyway.
Liu’s food programs are not yet available to the public.
(Thanks BB! Hope your meeting rocked!)
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