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
Self-kewling data centers, 2012
innovation of the last 20 years
Should Justin Bieber decide to tweet this post into his realm of tween Beliebers—and the Beliebers all retweeted it out at the same time—the Internet’s servers would see a dramatic power spike.
Luckily, the rock stars behind IBM US Patent No. 8,107,234 have devised a variable-flow cooling system to help data centers better adjust to demand. A rise in eco-friendlier data centers will help save costs, reduce emissions and make the passing fancy of pop idol fame a lot easier on the energy grid.
Separating fads from trends, 2012
innovation of the last 20 year
You’re browsing your Facebook feed when you notice that something is…off. Instead of the usual teenage drama, you notice your younger cousins are posting an awful lot about doughnuts these days. Different doughnut flavors, doughnut related clothing and, worst of all, maybe getting a tattoo of a doughnut. Are you really that out of the loop? When did doughnuts become the new cupcakes?
All this chatter would be pretty trivial, if it weren’t for US IBM Patent No. 8,200,477 which lets companies like bakeries analyze petabytes of data from tweets, Facebook posts, and Pinterest comments to get a holistic view of the conversations within the noise. That way, different retailers and companies can see trends before they happen so they can plan and adjust accordingly. And hopefully for you, pie doesn’t replace doughnuts as the hot dessert of 2013, ‘cause you really can’t justify any more trendy calories.