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
Come and get it!
The people have spoken. Head to the IBM Food Truck at SXSW to try today’s dish, Vietnamese Apple Kebabs, made fresh by cognitive computing and the Institute of Culinary Education.
The Institute of Culinary Education has found a new way to kickstart their creative process long before the first vegetable is chopped. They’re using a cognitive computing system made by IBM researchers that can learn and even create in the way we humans do. So far the technology is being used to design more creative recipes, like the tasty Turkish Bruschetta this GIF is based on. But in the future, it could invent healthier recipes. Gluten-free recipes. More sustainable recipes. And countless new ways to make you go “yum,” “mmmmmm,” “soooooooo good” and “delish.”
Ever since the first caveman dipped a mastodon leg in a beehive and pronounced it good, humans have relied on intuition and trial and error to decide which ingredient combinations will create delicious new recipes. Now, IBM cognitive computing is helping the Institute of Culinary Education’s chefs create delicious new dishes faster. Follow along to see what unique tastes they cook up.
U.S. PATENT #8,610,295:
Reclaiming energy from waste water in tall buildings
THINK OF IT AS…Bath water-generated hydroelectricity. This system uses gravity to make electricity from rainwater, grey water and black water as it exits tall buildings. With every flush or turn of a faucet, water rushes down into a turbine, generating power and making you rethink your next goldfish funeral.
Another patent from our 21st year of record-breaking innovation.
21 and counting. The annual patent dial just ticked over, and once again our researchers have earned top honors for the most patents awarded. 6,809 in 2013 to be exact. This year’s massive output of IBMer ingenuity ranges from greener clouds and biometric wallets to brain-like computer chips and holographic interfaces. So stick around as we dip a toe into this huge, new innovation pool in the coming weeks and months.
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