🥣 AI Brewing Breakthrough

PLUS: Intel Inks $8.5B Chip Deal

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Belgian Beer Gets AI Upgrade for Enhanced Flavors

Researchers in Belgium are tapping into the power of artificial intelligence to take the art of brewing to new heights. Led by Prof Kevin Verstrepen from KU Leuven university, the team delved into the intricate world of beer flavors and aromas, leveraging AI to unravel the complex interactions that influence human perception of taste. Their study, detailed in Nature Communications, involved analyzing the chemical composition of 250 Belgian beers across various styles, from lagers to ales, to uncover the key elements shaping flavor profiles.

Through a meticulous process spanning three years, a tasting panel evaluated each beer for 50 attributes, shedding light on nuances like hop flavors, sweetness levels, and acidity. Interestingly, the researchers also tapped into online consumer reviews, cross-referencing them with the panel's assessments to validate their findings. The AI-powered models they developed not only predicted how beers would taste based on their composition but also identified specific compounds that could enhance overall appreciation when added to commercial brews.

While AI adds a modern twist to beer innovation, Verstrepen emphasizes that the brewer's expertise remains paramount in bringing these enhancements to life. The integration of AI insights with traditional brewing methods holds promise for refining flavors, especially in the realm of non-alcoholic beers, showcasing a harmonious blend of technology and craftsmanship in the age-old art of brewing.

White House Announces $8.5B Chip Deal with Intel

The White House is making significant strides in bolstering U.S. semiconductor technology through a groundbreaking agreement with Intel. With up to $8.5 billion in potential direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act, this collaboration aims to fortify the domestic supply chain and reaffirm American leadership in semiconductor manufacturing. This investment is projected to create tens of thousands of jobs across Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, and Oregon, marking one of the largest-ever commitments to U.S. semiconductor production.

Intel's ambitious plans, totaling over $100 billion in investments over the next five years, underscore a monumental shift towards advancing critical technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) within the United States. Through strategic partnerships and workforce development initiatives, Intel is poised to enhance its manufacturing capabilities and contribute significantly to the nation's technological and economic prowess. This monumental agreement signals a new era of innovation, job creation, and sustainable growth in the semiconductor industry, aligning with President Biden's vision to revitalize American manufacturing and secure a robust semiconductor ecosystem for future generations.


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