Wolfram – Alpha

January 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Posted in Computers, Internet, Online services, Science, Software, Web Apps | 1 Comment

Awhile ago, I read about an ambitious project to build a fact-based search engine that was fully context-sensitive. This is unlike a tool like Google or Yahoo that simply searches whatever’s on the web. Opinions, myths or whatever. This one is focused on data and computation. Factual information. It handles both questions and complex calculations.

Stephen Wolfram was the founder of Mathematica, a complex equation software system. He long awaited the time when it was possible to build this.

Last month, Popular Science did a 2 page spread on it. (sadly only excerpted on the web) A friend of mine showed me it.

The subroutines include linguistic analysis, curated data, dynamic computation, and tech to display it usefully in tables and charts. It’s fast too.


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  1. Here’s Wolfram talking about it’s use, new features and where they’re going with it and some related projects. Great stuff.


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