Shashwath Santosh is a designer and researcher based in New York. Currently at Google Creative Lab.



Quantum Brownies

Designer, Collaborator, 
Researcher, Futurist

Worked with IBM scientists and engineers to create Brownie recipies with Quantum computers. 

Recognition: Most Creative Use of Quantum Technology by IBM,  Winner of the IBM Quantum Jam (2022)  

These recipes are generated using IBM q-composer with access to IBM Quantum Computers. The Bernstein–Vazirani quantum algorithm was used to build a system that would create recipes.

With the dataset generated by a 3 qubit circuit, a brownie recipe system with over 16.7 million possibilities was created. By embracing the noise of the data and by entertaining ideas of entanglement and superposition, The first ever Quantum Cooking Recipe Collection (2022) is born.


Presenting the world's first quantum brownies to panel of quantum designers and thinkers at IBM Quantum, New York.


As a designer, I challenged myself to make Quantum (computing, physics, theory, etc.) accessible to a broader audience. Quantum computing is an approaching technological revolution that might change the world, and most people do not know what it is.


The simulation of molecules is one of the most extensive applications of quantum computation in scientific pursuit today, with use cases ranging from pharmaceutical drug testing to nuclear chemistry. We thought about how this could affect the everyday. We came across new avenues of research suggesting the simulation of physical properties like the smell and taste of molecules.

We proposed Quantum Cooking to generate truly random recipes that embrace noise, recipes with entangled ingredients to balance out flavors, and simulating the taste of recipes that don’t (yet) exist.

What if you could taste the Sun? What if you could cook with asteroid dust? Quantum cooking might just let you.

Talk on Quantum Cooking at Opening Reception
March 2023

On Display at Microscope Gallery, New York 
March 2023


1Ethan Bernstein and Umesh Vazirani (1997) "Quantum Complexity Theory" SIAM Journal on Computing, Vol. 26, No. 5: 1411-1473, doi:10.1137/S0097539796300921.

Jiangfeng Du, Mingjun Shi, Jihui Wu, Xianyi Zhou, Yangmei Fan, BangJiao Ye, Rongdian Han (2001) "Implementation of a quantum algorithm to solve the Bernstein-Vazirani parity problem without entanglement on an ensemble quantum computer", Phys. Rev. A 64, 042306, 10.1103/PhysRevA.64.042306, arXiv:quant-ph/0012114.

3Scalable Quantum Simulation of Molecular Energies
P. J. J. O’Malley et al.Phys. Rev. X 6, 031007 – Published 18 July 2016

4Quantum simulation
I. M. Georgescu, S. Ashhab, and Franco NoriRev. Mod. Phys. 86, 153 – Published 10 March 2014

Digital quantum simulation of molecular dynamics and control
Alicia B. Magann, Matthew D. Grace, Herschel A. Rabitz, and Mohan SarovarPhys. Rev. Research 3, 023165 – Published 1 June 2021

6Learning to Smell: Using Deep Learning to Predict the Olfactory Properties of Molecules. October, 2019

7“AI Model Links Smell Molecules With Metabolic Processes.” Quanta Magazine, 10 Oct. 2022

8Yirka, Bob and Google Conducts Largest Chemical Simulation on a Quantum Computer to Date.

9“Google AI Can Tell What Things Smell like by the Molecular Structure.” New Scientist
Part of a research conducted by Parsons School of Design and IBM Quantum.

Special Thanks to:

Russell Huffman, Designer, IBM Quantum
Dr. Paul Kassebaum, Physicist, IBM Quantum
Brian Ingmanson, Education at IBM Quantum

Maya Georgieva, Futurist + Technologist, The New School
Sven Travis, Prof. of Media & Quantum Design, The New School

Chintan Sawla, Web Dev Consultant,
Shaina Suri, Event Photography

Collaboration with:

Krithi Nalla, Creative Technologist
Six Lauture, Creative Technologist

On Display:

1. Microscope Gallery, New York,
March 22 - Mar 31, 2023

2. Sobre Messa, Hold a Space for Me, New York
Nov 18, 2022