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
It’s time to rock out to some tennis data jams. Join IBM and musician James Murphy during the US Open as we turn real-time tennis match data into music. (How cool is that?) Tune in →
You know what tennis sounds like. You know what game stats look like. Now IBM and musician James Murphy are teaming up to explore the rhythms of tennis data. Together, we’re turning real-time match stats into music. If you’d like to be serenaded by the sweet, soothing sounds of sports data (or if you’re just looking for some awesome new jams), stick around as we rock out on IBMblr and hear the music here →
Honey, I shrunk the supercomputer
Supercomputing power that once filled a room now fits in a postage stamp-sized chip. Just as amazing is what these chips can do. Take SyNAPSE, IBM’s tiny new neurosynaptic chip. By emulating our brain’s computing efficiency, these little wonders mean big gains for small sensor-equipped devices. Like a tumbleweed-like robot that can roll around disaster zones on search and rescue missions, or glasses that give the blind a new way to navigate their surroundings. Lots of good things come in this small package…just remember where you put it.
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 →
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 →