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
IBMers don’t have to remember to circle July 13 on their calendars to celebrate Embrace Your Geekness Day. It’s a daily observance in our hallways, labs and even some parking spots. We love being a haven for Geek Primes because it’s geeks who solve the really tough problems – like putting people on the Moon, cracking the genomic code and storing data on an atomic level. Or in the case of IBM Distinguished Engineer Jerry Denman, it’s making sure that the computer systems powering our malls and online stores keep shopping carts rolling during Black Friday, Cyber Mondays and whenever else we get that collective urge to shop.
We recently interviewed the self-proclaimed IBM Geek for a glimpse into his geekhood:
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Out of the way gas-guzzlers. It’s estimated you’ll be sharing the road with 3 million electric vehicles by 2017. IBMer energy specialists are already preparing for the world adoption of EVs with a cloud-based electric vehicle charging system innovation. By putting electric cars in direct communication with the power grid, each plug-in seamlessly accesses vehicle I.Ds., battery storage info, energy transaction plans and payment details. Amazing to think that soon we’ll be watching the price-per-Kwh instead of the price-per-gallon. Explore more stories →
"The connected car will give a lot more intelligence and visibility to drivers. The usage of a car will be much more different, based on the cloud. The car will do what you want. You can play, sleep, drive, be productive in the car, and this will be a totally different place to commute and to be mobile."
INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND
IBM Auto Industry & Cloud Expert
Making EV-friendly roads
April 11, 2014.
What’s being made in the world today?
This is a make or break day at the Masters as the field of players narrows for the weekend. One safe bet? Twelve new Dispatches from a Smarter Planet, including eggs, chocolate, and long distance electrical driving, starting around 3:30 PM on ESPN.
Patent no. 8150611. 2012.
Predictive traffic analysis.
By combining real-time traffic data with predictive route analysis, this patented GPS innovation can now steer you away from traffic trouble spots before they develop, as well as more accurately estimate your drive time. And that’s good, because who really likes coming home to a cold, lonely supper anyway?
Innovation culture is spreading.
"Find things that annoy you and fix them is exactly my credo." I once went with my friend to a parking lot and he found that his car was hit by some other car. He was very upset. I told him, "We will make a positive thing from this—an invention that helps to find a car that hit your car in a parking lot."
So I came up with the idea of having nano codes in every car painting that contain this car identity. When we presented this concept to an invention evaluator at IBM he said that just a day ago someone hit his car and he cannot find that person. He immediately approved our invention :) “
Master Inventor, 168 patents in US