Coca-Cola used AI to create a flavor that evokes the future. The verdict? It tastes fruity.

Helen Hwang, Contributor

September 29, 2023

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Coke Y3000 was 'co-created with AI’ and is meant to taste like the futureCoca Cola

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  • Coca-Cola has launched a new limited-edition flavor called Y3000 that was created using artificial intelligence.

Coca-Cola is introducing a new flavor created with the help of artificial intelligence.

Called Coca-Cola Y3000, the name is meant to evoke the future of the beverage in the year 3000. It was developed to "bring the flavor of tomorrow to Coke fans," the company obliquely said. What does the future taste like? Fruity, according to Reddit users who have tried it.

The AI evoked "how fans envision the future through emotions, aspirations, colors, flavors," the company said. The can's design is meant to reflect a "morphing, evolving state" in violet, magenta and cyan with a silver background to give it a "futuristic" feel. The Y3000 packaging includes a QR code that customers can scan to access Coca-Cola's Creations site and toy around with a scenario of what the world looks like in the year 3000. 

Consumers can purchase regular sugar or zero sugar Y3000 for the same price as a standard Coke. It is currently available for a limited time in the U.S. and Canada with the zero-sugar version also available in China, Europe and Africa.

The Y3000 was created as part of the Creations campaign that connects consumers with merchandise and real-life events with online experiences. Coca-Cola used Creations to create other flavors, like Starlight, inspired by space.

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Helen Hwang

Contributor, AI Business

Helen Hwang is an award-winning journalist, author, and mechanical engineer. She writes about technology, health care, travel, and food. She's based in California.

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