In a scenario the Terminator franchise didn’t see coming, artificial intelligence has been used to invent posh pizza toppings by students in the US.
The project by Massachusetts Institute of Technology students aimed to prove robots could be a force for good by teaching an AI, named Strono, hundreds of pizza recipes.
Strono then used what it had learned to generate new topping ideas — which range from the inspired to completely off the wall.
The doughy ideas were then baked into reality by chef Tony Naser who owns artisan restaurant Crush Pizza in Boston.
One mysterious recipe was “wale walnut ranch dressing”; another best left alone was “snipped caramel cream cheese”.
But one pizza recipe was actually so good Tony decided to introduce it to the menu: shrimp, Italian sausage and jam.
"We didn't really see it coming but it was definitely the BEST pizza of all," the team said in a blog post on Medium.