Monday, May 4, 2009

Wolfram Alpha

Everyone is talking about this revolutionary new search engine which is launching later this month. I understand it will be smarter than anything we’ve seen yet. They say it will work out what information you want and will accurately source it rather than deliver a long list of possible sites to check like ‘traditional’ search engines (e.g Google) do. Wolfram_Alpha The new system, Wolfram Alpha, by British inventor Dr Stephen Wolfram, was showcased at Harvard University in the US last week. It is billed as a global store of information that understands and responds to ordinary language in the same way a person does. I see the home page calls itself a ‘computational knowledge engine’.

Tom Simpson on his blog The Convergence of Everything asks “could Wolfram Alpha be as important as Google? Possibly. But what are the wider implications of  Wolfram Alpha exactly? A new paradigm for using computers and the web? Probably. Emerging artificial intelligence and a step towards a self-organising internet? Possibly.”

I am intrigued. What do you know about it?


  1. Interesting!!! Alas, there is something to compete with Google. It seems more like a monopoly now. I mean, none of the other search engines give better results.

  2. I've heard mention of it, but what I've heard is pretty much what you said. It'll be a competion for Google, and more thorough of a search engine. I'm anxious to see this. Hugs.

  3. I’d never heard of it, and suspect that it will not live up to expectations – but I remain interested in the progress in this field of artificial intelligence (ie recognising semantics: particularly in such a complex language as English, with all its verbal ambiguities). Nothing like this could have been imagined as happening in my lifetime when I was a child.

  4. RE: Your note

    He is 13. They don't hit him, to the best of my knowledge. But the mom hates him and has no problem letting him know it. There is a lot of verbal abuse and such. The kid is made to feel he isn't worth anything on a regular basis.

  5. Doesn't take a genius search engine to find Porn.


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