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
"I believe humans advanced so much faster than the rest of the animal kingdom, because we had a far superior way of learning from each other – that we could observe, listen and not have to experience an event to learn from it. Our technology today will enable our ability to co-learn on an exponential scale.”
INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND:
IBM Watson Researcher
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Memory chips living a new life as cufflinks. Clever, quirky, uber-geek accessories for guys with exceptional taste in fashion and technology.
(We assume the chips’ memories were wiped clean before use. Right, sixthdaymanc?)
UPDATE: SOLD! Clearly a hot item for the technically-inclined fashionista.
Today marks the fifth annual Ada Lovelace Day. Lovelace (1815-1852) is responsible for writing the first EVER computer program. Her friend Charles Babbage asked for her notes on his Analytical Engine and Lovelace went further to include the first ever algorithm written for a machine. A pioneer for women and engineers alike, join us in celebrating Ada Lovelace Day!
Want to do more to honor this amazing woman? Join Brown University and Wikipedia’s Edit-a-thon (today Oct 15th from 3pm - 8:30pm E.T.) to celebrate other female pioneers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics: http://wapo.st/GWxryf
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Thank you, Ada, from all of us at IBM and the countless number of women in technology for whom you blazed a trail.
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The IBM Selectric typewriter made its first appearance in July 1961 and eventually captured 75% of the US typewriter market. Half a century later, Kittenlab on Etsy, is giving our famous “typeball” another chance to trendset—this time as earrings. It’s retro geek bling at its best.
When you roll three octahedron (eight sided) dice with the sides numbered 1, 4, 16, 64, 256, 1024, 4096, 16384, there are 120 different sums which can be produced. The maximal value, in this example, is 16384.
Find the eight positive integers that could number a octahedral die and minimize the maximum value of the eight faces, while still resulting in 120 possible sums when three of the dice are rolled.