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
Nothing like bones, skulls and skeletons to get you in the Halloween spirit. Watch our quirky animated short about bone implants and the cloud.
Two thumbs, and a rib, up.
If you think cloud computing is a bone dry topic, you haven’t seen this animated short →
Back in the day, IBMers were known for their crisp suits, button-down white shirts and “sincere ties.” How quaint. Meet Lysa, one of our hard-riding, earring-wearing, DIY-loving, female shining stars.
If we told you our most prolific female inventor is barely out of her twenties, would you believe us? Master Inventor Lisa Seacat DeLuca has nearly 350 patents to her credit and is the only woman in IBM’s history to receive the 100th Plateau Achievement Award. All while raising twins. How does this Technologista and Mom do it? Here’s a small glimpse.
How did IBM and James Murphy turn tennis match data into music? (If you just shouted “Sorcery!”, sorry but no.) Learn about the #ibmsessions algorithm that composes music in the IBM Cloud 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.
ART IN SCIENCE
"Majesty Under Microscopy”
IBM Research - Zurich
Since when did carbon-carbon bonds get so pretty? This nanographene molecule, synthesized in Toulouse, France, shows us the beauty of ‘bond-order discrimination.’ This splendor in chroma is achieved by atomic force microscopy using a carbon monoxide functionalized tip. Luckily, like any work of art, you don’t have to understand it to enjoy it.
"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.