There are plenty of things I trust computers to do. Mathematics. Prevent accidents. Stream me reruns of Are you Afraid of the Dark while I cringe in horror at what I used to find entertaining as a child.
But there are some matters of the heart that I don't trust computers with. Like... at all.
And generating names for recipes is one of them. Human beings love food because we need it to survive, and also because it's exciting. We're drawn in by the fancy names of dishes at restaurants, the smells, the tastes, and the overall experience of eating. Robots don't have those hang-ups.
Like, zero. Just look at how ridiculous some of these recipe names are.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Shane talked about her inspiration behind the seemingly random idea.
"I was inspired by Tom Brewe’s neural network-generated recipes, which are hilarious and very well worth a look. The project's end goal is its present state: pure entertainment. In the future I'd love to experiment more with different datasets (so far I've used superhero names, Pokémon names/abilities, and the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft)."
I think dinner tonight will be Beef Soup With Swamp Peef And Cheese and some Chocolate Chicken Chicken Cake.— Frank Stendal (@frankstendal) March 29, 2017
I mean, I'm in love with them, but they're just so...so...weird.