Artificial Intelligence used to determine the 'perfect' chocolate chip cookie recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Photo: Geraldine / Wikipedia / CC BY 2.0)

The AI of chocolate chip cookie making, Disney is said to be nearing a deal with 21st Century Fox, and Whole Foods prices are creeping higher after the merger with Amazon. It’s all in today’s Jane King’s Report.

Chocolate chip cookie making perfected with AI

Some people are fearful about artificial intelligence and what it means for humans.

But here’s something far less terrifying. Artificial Intelligence is being used to make really great chocolate chip cookies.

Top executive Eric Schmidt tells CNBC that Google is working on taking thousands of recipes and tweaking them to make the best tasting cookie.

So how are they doing it? CNBC reports that Google engineers establish inputs such as chocolate, flour and vanilla. Google employees then test a recipe and give it a rating. The system then adjusts the recipe based on the employees’ feedback. After repeating the process dozens of times, they came up with the an “AI perfected baseline cookie.”

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Disney closer to buying Fox’s entertainment

Disney is reportedly getting closer to buying Fox’s entertainment business.

CNBC says a deal could come next week. The deal reportedly includes Fox’s A&E and Star TV networks, as well as its regional sports operation, movie studios, and stakes in Sky and HULU.

It would leave only news and sports under Fox ownership.


Sharing Tips

The Trump Administration is moving to scrap another Obama-era rule. This one affects workers who get paid in tips.

The U.S. Department of Labor change would require workers who earn hourly pay and tips, share the tip money with colleagues who don’t get gratuity.

The restaurant industry likes the move, while workers' rights groups said it would leave many who work at restaurants, hotels and bars with lower pay.


Whole Food prices rising

Whole Foods' prices are creeping back up after highly-publicized cuts following its acquisition by Amazon, according to an analysis by the research firm Gordon Haskett.

The firm says prices at Whole Foods are one percent less than where they were before the merger took place on a basket of 110 items.

Dry, packaged goods have risen the most.


Shop while driving?

General Motors is launching a feature that allows people to shop while driving.

Called “Marketplace,” Business Insider says it allows people to shop for goods and services from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and other businesses while driving.

It’s been designed to minimize distractions but is only available in the 2017 and later models of Buick, Cadillac, Chevy and GMC cars.

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