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
Watson, the finance whiz
There’s enough financial fodder produced every day to make planners’ heads spin. To read, absorb, much less use all that investment info is virtually impossible. Not for Watson. It can collect masses upon masses of daily news, analyst documents, e-mails, transaction data and public opinion, then read it, remember it, learn from it and use it — all to help financial advisors separate the bears from the bulls and recommend investment and portfolio changes with confidence.
“It’s not human versus machine, but human plus machine, taking on challenges together and achieving more than either could do on its own.”
INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND
Watson Software Engineer
So you read the word, ‘bow.’ How does your brain know it’s the front of a ship, a violin accessory, a knot, a bend of the upper body or an arrow launcher? Looking at the context of the sentences around it helps. And Watson is starting a new kind of conversation between people and machine by parsing natural language similar to the way we do.
Watson at your service
“One moment, please.” “We’ll be with you shortly.” “You are eighth in the queue.” Sound all too familiar? Maybe not for long—The Watson Engagement Advisor can listen to customer queries, suggest personalized follow up questions and help operators find answers in a flash. For even faster service, callers can interact directly with Watson itself. Could this also mean an end to the need for mind-numbing “hold music?” (One can only hope.)
What’s What with Watson
Watson’s different from any technology that’s ever existed before. Wondering how? Read on for a few tidbits on what makes Watson so amazing.
1. What makes Watson special?
Unlike other cognitive systems, it processes information more like a human than a computer—it not only remembers, but ‘understands’ everything it reads, and at lightning speed. This cognitive reasoning gives Watson the ability to help solve big, real world problems. (Which sadly doesn’t include remembering where you put your car keys.)
2. How has Watson advanced over the years?
Since its 2011 Jeopardy! win , Watson’s become 240% faster and 75% smaller in size. Once the size of a master bedroom, it’s now the size of four stacked pizza boxes! Most exciting of all, Watson’s now available on the cloud for commercial use so developers everywhere can use the technology to create their own cognitive applications.
“There’s a ton of information out there today, but bringing all of it to bear at the moment it’s needed is very difficult. Watson helps people make better informed decisions in the moments that matter, which translates into better healthcare, better research, better customer service…. there are too many possibilities to list.”
INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND
IBM Watson Solutions
Keeping up with the quirks, dialects and double meanings of English is a daunting task for any brain, let alone an electronic one. But with its uncanny ability to understand our tweets, comments and articles, IBM Watson can catch your drift and hit you back with the straight 411.
It would take one doctor 10,000 weeks to read and understand 10 million patient files. Watson does that in 15 seconds. Allowing doctors to focus on what’s most important. You.
1. What is IBM Watson?
IBM Watson is technology unlike any other that’s come before. By using its natural language capabilities to understand the complex nuances of everyday English, Watson can accurately analyze massive amounts of data and help people make more informed, evidence-based decisions.
Watson, your personal shopper
In need of some retail therapy? Soon you’ll be able to bring Watson along. As the cognitive technology behind the Expert Personal Shopper app in development, Watson will be able to help you make smarter buys based on your preferences. Like your own uber-clued-in, trend-savvy sales associate that fits in your pocket, only without the attitude or high pressure sales pitches.