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.
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.
"It’s all about speeds and feeds. It’s about latency. How fast will it run? I’ll often sit with businesses who ask me about how mission critical is the performance of the cloud? And I tell them, if you can make a gamer happy, you can make anybody happy."
INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND
IBM Security Expert
Making mobile apps safer
Yes, they put the IBM System/360 on TV. No, they haven’t jumped the shark.
"5 Reasons to Love ‘Mad Men’s’ New Star: The IBM 360"
via NBCNews →
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Out of the way gas-guzzlers. It’s estimated you’ll be sharing the road with 3 million electric vehicles by 2017. IBMer energy specialists are already preparing for the world adoption of EVs with a cloud-based electric vehicle charging system innovation. By putting electric cars in direct communication with the power grid, each plug-in seamlessly accesses vehicle I.Ds., battery storage info, energy transaction plans and payment details. Amazing to think that soon we’ll be watching the price-per-Kwh instead of the price-per-gallon. Explore more stories →
What’s Watson got that search engines don’t? Confidence.
Watson literally gets smarter by learning from you. So the more you talk to it— which you’ll be able to do very, very soon— the more it learns about your lifestyle, and the better it becomes at finding exactly what you like.