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 decision whisperer
At the rate you hear the words ‘big data’ and ‘analytics’ thrown around these days, you might think everyone was using them. And sadly you’d be wrong. In reality, most business folks leave insights out of their decisions because the tools to extract them are too complicated. Here’s a new name to drop. IBM Watson Analytics. Using natural language and a keyboard, anyone can go mining data for instant insights. Just ask your question and Watson can help guide you through answers. No fancy statistics degree required. Get the scoop →
Questions, prepare to meet answers.
Indecision could soon be on the endangered list. Watson Analytics is bringing a new breakthrough cognitive service to take on big data. Got a keyboard and a web connection? Just ask your question and out comes the insight for better decision-making. No fancy statistics language required. Get the scoop →
What’s Watson got that search engines don’t? Confidence.
Watson literally gets smarter by learning from you. So the more you talk to it— which you’ll be able to do very, very soon— the more it learns about your lifestyle, and the better it becomes at finding exactly what you like.
Watson already knew how to talk. But soon, it’ll be talking with you. The next wave of Watson technology will be able to pick up on personality traits and have friendly conversations. (It still can’t do accents or high-five, but maybe someday…)
IBM Food Truck and cognitive cooking roll into Augusta in Dispatch No. 2.
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.