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
Tour de Bike Art
Inspiration really does come from anywhere. For SVA student Jennifer Beatty, it’s from old, beat-up bike parts. We especially love what this cyclist and graphic designer has done with Paul Rand’s “Eye Bee M” logo as part of this 100-day long art project. Talk about endurance.
Ooo La La IBM, circa 1957
More than a half century after introducing the IBM 704 to France, this vintage ad has a certain design joie de vivre.
Ready to step into our cognitive test kitchen?
Here’s your chance to test the one piece of new equipment every kitchen could use—a cognitive system. IBM Watson researchers and Bon Appétit are looking for a few passionate foodies to test their new food app. And, while you’re at it, discover entirely new concoctions. Kind of like a computerized chemistry set for your taste buds. Get started at Bon Appétit →
3 eggs. 2 pinches of coriander. 1 cognitive system.
Austrian Chocolate Burrito. Vietnamese Apple Kebab. Belgian Bacon Pudding. Just a few of the delectable dishes IBM Watson has invented recently. Now you can discover your own personal concoctions while testing and informing the Chef Watson with Bon Appétit app. Ready to give it a go? Get started at Bon Appétit →
By jove! It’s Wimbledon time again. Which means IT technicians have geared up the tournament website for two full weeks of peak demand. Luckily they’ve got a great doubles partner. Together with the IBM Cloud, they’ll attempt to flawlessly return an expected half a billion hits over the course of the championship tennis tournament. So stock up the fridge and indulge in extra helpings of strawberries and cream, no matter where you are.
What’s your spin on bacon & dragon fruit?
Show Watson your chops. IBM Watson researchers and Bon Appétit are searching for a select-few foodies to help us test and refine the new Chef Watson with Bon Appétit app—where cognitive computing helps you discover recipes that never existed before. Who knows, you and Watson might even invent the first bacon, dragon fruit and _________ burrito. Go to Bon Appétit to get started →
While Northern Hemispherians fill up on extra Vitamin D today, IBM researchers and Swiss engineers are looking to top off the energy needs of the planet. Using mirrored, solar tracking parabolic dishes, they’re prototyping a High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal System (HCPVT) that concentrates radiation as if shined on by 1,600 suns. Dotted across just a small fraction of the Earth’s surface, the project has the potential to replace all of our fossil and nuclear energy. Pretty cool stuff.
Now go outside and enjoy the summer solstice.