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
"You can’t force creativity, problem solving, and invention. It’s a process that starts from within you.”
INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND:
VP, University Programs
Vice Chair, IBM Academy of Tech.
Names that tune in 3 notes
No, it’s not a contestant from the classic TV game show. It’s an IBM computer that uses algorithmic computation to identify a song’s musical period—Baroque, Classical or Romantic— in only three notes. And when applied to speech patterns, the same technology can be used as an early warning system for Parkinson’s disease and certain kinds of psychiatric disorders. Read on →
Tour de Bike Art
Inspiration really does come from anywhere. For SVA student Jennifer Beatty, it’s from old, beat-up bike parts. We especially love what this cyclist and graphic designer has done with Paul Rand’s “Eye Bee M” logo as part of this 100-day long art project. Talk about endurance.
Ooo La La IBM, circa 1957
More than a half century after introducing the IBM 704 to France, this vintage ad has a certain design joie de vivre.
"It’s all about speeds and feeds. It’s about latency. How fast will it run? I’ll often sit with businesses who ask me about how mission critical is the performance of the cloud? And I tell them, if you can make a gamer happy, you can make anybody happy."
INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND
IBM Security Expert
Making mobile apps safer
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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 →