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
You’ve got a front row seat to the concert on the IBM Cloud. Hear IBM and James Murphy turn real-time US Open match data into music, streaming live as the tournament heads into the quarterfinals. Listen now →
How did IBM and James Murphy turn tennis match data into music? (If you just shouted “Sorcery!”, sorry but no.) Learn about the #ibmsessions algorithm that composes music in the IBM Cloud here →
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 →
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.