What’s a fractal?
Just one of the main building blocks of the universe. Known as ‘God’s thumbprint,’ these simple math formulas reveal the intricate recursive patterns found within nature, yet still remain one of science’s best-kept secrets. Follow along as we explore the contours, curiosities and creator of this beautiful wonder of the computer age.
"A fractal is a way of seeing infinity." —Benoit B. Mandelbrot
Meet the Fellows
If you’re into music, you’ve probably blasted James Murphy’s hits (LCD Soundsystem, anyone? Yes, please.) But the IBM Sessions presented a new challenge for James: turning tennis stats into music. James worked with developers to create an algorithm that turned live data into original sounds. Listen here →
It’s time to rock out to some tennis data jams. Join IBM and musician James Murphy during the US Open as we turn real-time tennis match data into music. (How cool is that?) Tune in →
You know what tennis sounds like. You know what game stats look like. Now IBM and musician James Murphy are teaming up to explore the rhythms of tennis data. Together, we’re turning real-time match stats into music. If you’d like to be serenaded by the sweet, soothing sounds of sports data (or if you’re just looking for some awesome new jams), stick around as we rock out on IBMblr and hear the music here →
Honey, I shrunk the supercomputer
Supercomputing power that once filled a room now fits in a postage stamp-sized chip. Just as amazing is what these chips can do. Take SyNAPSE, IBM’s tiny new neurosynaptic chip. By emulating our brain’s computing efficiency, these little wonders mean big gains for small sensor-equipped devices. Like a tumbleweed-like robot that can roll around disaster zones on search and rescue missions, or glasses that give the blind a new way to navigate their surroundings. Lots of good things come in this small package…just remember where you put it.
Backspace to 1961 (via Instagram) #TBT
53 years ago this week, electronic “golf-balls” began bouncing their way across the letterheads of corporate America. The IBM Selectric typewriter revolutionized mid-century office memos as typists could now use different fonts and clock up to 90 words a minute–40 more than anything else before it. Good thing white correction fluid was already invented.
ART IN SCIENCE
"Majesty Under Microscopy”
IBM Research - Zurich
Since when did carbon-carbon bonds get so pretty? This nanographene molecule, synthesized in Toulouse, France, shows us the beauty of ‘bond-order discrimination.’ This splendor in chroma is achieved by atomic force microscopy using a carbon monoxide functionalized tip. Luckily, like any work of art, you don’t have to understand it to enjoy it.