Google Israel Introduces App Detecting Your Hummus Preference — On April Fools’ Day
(A-Sham Palestinian food festival)
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Google Israel announced — on April 1 — an application that detects what kind of hummus its customers enjoy.
“We’re extremely excited to share with you our latest Google Cloud groundbreaking technology: After enabling our customers to address senses through Speech & Vision API, we are now releasing a subset of Taste APIs starting with a dish we all love — Hummus!” reads the introduction to the video on YouTube.
The video, a joke for April Fools’ Day, purports to show how Google researchers came up with the a “taste stick” to determine the variety of hummus that Israelis would most enjoy based on an analysis of their taste buds, and then pinpoint a local hummus restaurant, one of 20,000 in the country, that serves the appropriate variety of hummus.
One woman who speaks in the video said she did not feel Israeli enough because she had not been able to find a hummus she liked prior to using the Hummus API technology. Another praises the API for helping her find a spicy hummus.
Even Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai gets in on the act, saying that his city is a “culinary and technological center which embraces smart, innovative new ideas. Therefore, it was natural for us to integrate the great hummus API in our city. People find the hummus they need easier, they are happier, the hummus industry is blooming.”
Other Google videos for April 1 include a Where’s Waldo for Google Maps, the “Bad Joke Detector” that clears space on your phone by deleting all the bad jokes sent to you by family and friends, and a redesign of Google in Australia called Googz.