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. 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?