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
Hey, if your custom skull implant just arrived from Italy, you’d be pretty excited, too. Bone up on the cloud in this quirky animated short →
Nothing like bones, skulls and skeletons to get you in the Halloween spirit. Watch our quirky animated short about bone implants and the cloud.
Two thumbs, and a rib, up.
If you think cloud computing is a bone dry topic, you haven’t seen this animated short →
Your femurs, scapulas and clavicles won’t believe their eyes.
Up and at ‘em, Watson. The paint is dry. The desks are assembled. The art is hung. And today, 600 eager IBMers are making their maiden voyages to the new global headquarters for IBM Watson, at 51 Astor Place in Silicon Alley, NY.And once they’ve located their morning caffeine, they’ll get on with their jobs of developing the next generation of cognitive computing apps, software and solutions. Seated in the heart of NYC’s tech start-up scene, they’ll start new collaborations with developers all over the planet, while teaching Watson to learn Spanish—the first of many new languages. Hey, who’s got time for first day jitters anyway?
Model, author, poet, mother, artist. Pati Hill had several careers. But she’s best known for the work she made in the late 1970s with a new art-making tool, the photocopier. Smitten by the qualities of the IBM Copier 2, Hill negotiated the loan of a machine through friend and IBM collaborator, designer Charles Eames. IBM delivered and installed the copier at her home, inspiring a body of work that spans years. While not the first to use a photocopier in an art context, Hill was no copycat, and proved herself in hundreds of images and words to be an innovative, eloquent, and singular artist. Pati Hill died last month we remember her here with some of her black-and-white best, including A Swan: An Opera in Nine Chapters, and jacks and soap, from her Objects series.
Get a sneak peek at Arcadia University’s upcoming retrospective of her work →
Back in the day, IBMers were known for their crisp suits, button-down white shirts and “sincere ties.” How quaint. Meet Lysa, one of our hard-riding, earring-wearing, DIY-loving, female shining stars.
It’s the… Cloud! The name sounds more suited for a comic book character than the moniker for a $100 billion dollar computer services industry. But soon even the most mild-mannered clouds will be getting some uncanny powers. Researchers at IBM, AT&T and ACS have developed a prototype system creating elastic bandwidth between clouds, reducing cloud-to-cloud set-up times from days to seconds. So all kinds of clouds, with all kinds of data sets, can join forces in an instant to become exponentially more powerful. For more about these mighty shapeshifters, read on →
If we told you our most prolific female inventor is barely out of her twenties, would you believe us? Master Inventor Lisa Seacat DeLuca has nearly 350 patents to her credit and is the only woman in IBM’s history to receive the 100th Plateau Achievement Award. All while raising twins. How does this Technologista and Mom do it? Here’s a small glimpse.