New AI Finds Recipes Using only Pics of Food

In recent years, it’s become popular on social media to share photos of meals but who would’ve guessed that these foodie photos would offer a more than a tantalizing tease to followers and maybe free advertising for restaurants?

Now, research from CSAIL, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, has produced an AI system that can analyze these photos to help track nutrition, predict recipe ingredients, and even offer similar recipes to the meals pictured.

Although previous similar systems have been created before, the food information databases that the algorithms could draw from were too small to be very helpful. The Swiss created ‘Food-101’ recognized food in photos with only 50 percent accuracy until its databanks were greatly increased, which improved the system’s accuracy to near 80 percent…

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