On a recent trip to Accenture's Dock facility in Dublin, they showcased an AI-based tool to recommend new recipes after having crunched through thousands of existing recipes to come up with potential new flavors. Though the work is interesting, perhaps such an approach is far more interesting when applied to innovation itself. A growing proportion of innovation today is what's known as recombinative, and sees existing ideas and concepts applied in fresh and creative ways. Researchers are increasingly deploying AI-based tools to help devise some of these possible roads to explore. For instance, a recent paper from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem highlights an AI-driven approach to mine databases of patents and research papers for ideas that can be recombined into solutions for new problems.