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
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.
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 →
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.