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.
45 years ago, we were there, too.
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 →
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:
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.
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 →
While Northern Hemispherians fill up on extra Vitamin D today, IBM researchers and Swiss engineers are looking to top off the energy needs of the planet. Using mirrored, solar tracking parabolic dishes, they’re prototyping a High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal System (HCPVT) that concentrates radiation as if shined on by 1,600 suns. Dotted across just a small fraction of the Earth’s surface, the project has the potential to replace all of our fossil and nuclear energy. Pretty cool stuff.
Now go outside and enjoy the summer solstice.