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Future of food? There’s an app for that. How algorithms and the Internet of things might change cooking




Guests participate in the Korean Cuisine Master Class hosted by Atoboy at the Institute of Culinary Education on October 15, 2017 in New York City.
Guests participate in the Korean Cuisine Master Class hosted by Atoboy at the Institute of Culinary Education on October 15, 2017 in New York City.
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Using recipes to cook is an idea that’s so 2000, at least according to some futurists that have turned their attention on how to life-hack cooking to make it a better, easier experience.

A recent piece published in the Washington Post takes a look at how some in the cooking business are creating mobile apps to help folks come up with what to eat for dinner, all customized to a given consumer’s taste and needs.

One app, from a startup called Innit, takes your dietary restrictions (Paleo or gluten-free, say) and takes a list of ingredients you have selected and will spit out all kinds of different recipes. What’s more, the app can also preheat your oven since it is (of course) connected to your smart appliances.

Larry talks with food futurist Sarah Smith about the innovations made possible by new technology in the world of cooking.

Guest:

Sarah Smith, research director at the Food Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group that helps organizations plan for the long-term future



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