“Once and future Kottke.org guest editor” Aaron Cohen is an ice cream shop owner in Somerville, Massachusetts.
And as an ice cream professional, he knows a thing or two about the cold stuff. He wrote about a researcher named Janelle Shane who trains neural networks. She used these networks to created some ice cream flavours from a cross pollination of two small datasets: ice cream flavours, metal bands, and “flavours created by an Austin middle school coding class”. Shane then created some more.
Some of them are wackier than others but here are a few of my personal flavourites:
Mango Cats – A meowthful of tropical heaven.
Chocolate Peanut Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate – Yes, that’s four lots of chocolate and one lot of peanut.
Pumpkin Trash Break – Was the neural network poking fun at the popularity of pumpkin in Autumn?
Bloody Coffee – Straight to the caffeinated point or more macabre? Who knows!
Silence Cherry – “Chocolate ice cream base with shredded cherry”, according to Cohen, but you won’t hear me say that.