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
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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 →
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 →
"Pass the computerized condiment, please."
Look out ketchup and mustard. We’ve gone back to the cognitive kitchen to create Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce, an unexpected blend of squash, Thai chilies, tamarind and a dozen more ingredients that have never before been slathered together on a chicken wing.
It’s got a slow, warm heat and a kick that becomes even more to savor when you discover that it was concocted by something that has no taste buds. Cognitive computers from IBM Research modeled quintillions of recipes based on thousands of ingredient combinations to predict what new tastes people would find surprising and delicious. And voilà!
The sauce was only bottled for a limited run, but you can whip up a batch at home with this recipe. We even added a label to print. Bon appétit.
Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce
Approximate Yield: 550g
300g butternut squash, diced
200g white wine
IBM Food Truck and cognitive cooking roll into Augusta in Dispatch No. 2.
We came. We cooked. We conquered Texas-sized hunger pangs. The IBM Food Truck has packed its bags, put away its aprons and high-tailed it out of Austin. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to treat their tastebuds to the culinary skills of man and machine — that is, the Institute of Culinary Education chefs and the IBM cognitive computing system. Together they took SXSW by the horns and showed everyone their cognitively-concocted recipes, like the tasty Swiss-Thai Asparagus Quiche represented by this fun GIF. Until the Food Truck hits the road again, bon appétit.
What’s today’s hottest chef accessory? A cognitive computing system.
What should computing cook up in the IBM Food Truck at SXSW?
Vote for your favorite dish →
What’s for dessert in the IBM Food Truck? Why it’s Belgian Bacon Pudding!