Monday, March 5, 2018

The A.I. of Wine Spectator

The two words that come to mind when one thinks of the “Wine Spectator’s” lineup of wine critics—James Laube, Matt Kramer, Tim Fish, James Molesworth, Harvey Steiman, et al.—is Artificial Intelligence. And, in fact, the entire publication is written by software developed by the entrepreneur Elon Muscadet. I suspect that the news that “Wine Spectator” is written by a machine will not come as a shock to anyone who reads it, but, nonetheless, it’s an astonishing achievement.

Artificial Intelligence is slowly taking over our world. By the way, why are they always portrayed as women? Siri and Alexa and Ivanka... Anyhow, I recently uncovered the uncomfortable truth that "Wine Spectator" is entirely computer generated. Seen in that light, the magazine starts to make sense. You can read the full report only at You might be surprised to learn that my jokes are also entirely written by a computer app. Not that surprised, I'm sure. Feel free to leave your randomly generated thoughts there, or wander on back over here where Artificial Intelligence was invented.



Unknown said...

What a great way to start a Monday. Good to 'hear' your voice again Hose Steve Pinzon

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Thanks, Steve! It's still a bit odd for me to only publish once a month, but it's also a gift. Thanks for hanging around and still reading when I do. Great to hear from you!

nickh said...

I wonder if that writer is any relation to Nigel Molesworth, 'the gorilla of 4b' ?

Nigel would be in his late 70s now I think, but it would be ironic if is son had become a wine critic. 'It's a Cabernet Sauvignon, as any fule know!'


Amalie Robert Estate said...

An analytical review of your post found the following:

Words 1,165
Characters (no spaces) 5,699
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Also, you have failed to adequately explain the use of the =RANDBETWEEN function in generating random numbers.

The =RANDBETWEEN function generates random numbers between the parenthetically defined limits.

For example, California Cabernet may be scored as follows: =RANDBETWEEN(95,100)

Any wine from any region may be scored using this methodology.

However, full discolure rules would require said publication to provide the region specific parentnetically defined limits.

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Aside from being fictional characters, I don't think the Molesworths are related.

Amalie Robert,

nickh said...

'Reality,' sa molesworth 2, 'is so unspeakably sordid it make me shudder.'"