Danish Brewer Carlsberg to Use Artificial Intelligence in Beer Tasting


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Global brewer Carlsberg Group launched a new research project to develop an artificial taste sensor that will act as a detector of subtle nuances in beverages.

The Denmark-based firm partnered with Aarhus University’s Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) to develop the chemical sensors. The company even admitted using artificial intelligence to achieve its goal.

According to Carlsberg, their prototype sensor has already tasted the difference among four kinds of beer and they plan to continue on improving the technology.

Carlsberg Laboratory’s director Jochen Förster claimed that using AI does not mean that it will replace the capacity of human taste buds. However, it can assist in the analysis, especially of yeast types. He highlighted the fact that there is really no such thing as an effective and fast method to judge the differences of various beverages. “But it’s crucial that we are able to do this if the laboratory is to continue developing beer to its maximum potential,” he added.

Microsoft’s solutions specialist Peter Kyvsgaard also commented about the research. “We are collecting data on how a beer tastes with chemical sensors,” he says. Kyvsgaard shared that the chemical sensors the group developed can be applied to find other taste profiles and is not just limited to beer tasting.

Aside from beer tasting, the specialist further notes that AI can also be used to check if water being used is clean.