Wolfram|Alpha

Gauche
atheist
Gauche's picture
Posts: 1565
Joined: 2007-01-18
User is offlineOffline
Wolfram|Alpha

 

I'm sure I don't need to tell the math geeks among you that wolfram|alpha is launching tomorrow, but for the uninitiated:

TechCrunch wrote:

In a nutshell, Wolfram and his team have built what he calls a “computational knowledge engine” for the Web. OK, so what does that really mean? Basically it means that you can ask it factual questions and it computes answers for you.

It doesn’t simply return documents that (might) contain the answers, like Google does, and it isn’t just a giant database of knowledge, like the Wikipedia. It doesn’t simply parse natural language and then use that to retrieve documents, like Powerset, for example. Instead, Wolfram Alpha actually computes the answers to a wide range of questions — like questions that have factual answers such as “What country is Timbuktu in?” or “How many protons are in a hydrogen atom?” or “What is the average rainfall in Seattle?”

Think about that for a minute. It computes the answers. Wolfram Alpha doesn’t simply contain huge amounts of manually entered pairs of questions and answers, nor does it search for answers in a database of facts. Instead, it understands and then computes answers to certain kinds of questions.

 So, what will be your first wolfram query?  The number of transvestite hookers in Thailand divided by the number of baht in your wallet?  Or the answers to your calculus homework that you should have been doing while you were smoking pot?

There are twists of time and space, of vision and reality, which only a dreamer can divine
H.P. Lovecraft


Answers in Gene...
High Level Donor
Answers in Gene Simmons's picture
Posts: 4214
Joined: 2008-11-11
User is offlineOffline
I predict that the most

I predict that the most popular question for day 1 will be: What is the meaning of life the universe and everything else...

NoMoreCrazyPeople wrote:
Never ever did I say enything about free, I said "free."

=


treat2 (not verified)
Posts: 4294964979
Joined: 1969-12-31
User is offlineOffline
What's the URL of your web

What's the URL of your web site?


Cpt_pineapple
atheist
Cpt_pineapple's picture
Posts: 5486
Joined: 2007-04-12
User is offlineOffline
treat2 wrote:What's the URL

treat2 wrote:
What's the URL of your web site?

 

Link here


Answers in Gene...
High Level Donor
Answers in Gene Simmons's picture
Posts: 4214
Joined: 2008-11-11
User is offlineOffline
Well, it is not online just

Well, it is not online just yet.  when it is, I will be asking it my question.  If all goes as planned, I will hog all of it's resources for the next seven million years.

NoMoreCrazyPeople wrote:
Never ever did I say enything about free, I said "free."

=


nigelTheBold
atheist
nigelTheBold's picture
Posts: 1868
Joined: 2008-01-25
User is offlineOffline
Cpt_pineapple wrote:treat2

Cpt_pineapple wrote:

treat2 wrote:
What's the URL of your web site?

 

Link here

*snort*

Thanks. I didn't know that services existed. Hell, I thought I was that service.

"Yes, I seriously believe that consciousness is a product of a natural process. I find that the neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers who proceed from that premise are the ones who are actually making useful contributions to our understanding of the mind." - PZ Myers


ClockCat
ClockCat's picture
Posts: 2265
Joined: 2009-03-26
User is offlineOffline
D:

 

 

Kay....

 

 

 

 

 

what


Gauche
atheist
Gauche's picture
Posts: 1565
Joined: 2007-01-18
User is offlineOffline
That's not what it was made

That's not what it was made for. It was made to tell you how many calories you'd be consuming if you ate your weight in pop tarts, see.

 

There are twists of time and space, of vision and reality, which only a dreamer can divine
H.P. Lovecraft


ClockCat
ClockCat's picture
Posts: 2265
Joined: 2009-03-26
User is offlineOffline
:3

Gauche wrote:

That's not what it was made for. It was made to tell you how many calories you'd be consuming if you ate your weight in pop tarts, see.

 

 

 

Oh, my mistake.

Theism is why we can't have nice things.


MichaelMcF
Science Freak
MichaelMcF's picture
Posts: 525
Joined: 2008-01-22
User is offlineOffline
I have to say, I'm highly

I have to say, I'm highly impressed with what I've seen so far.  I'm actually quite excited about this now.  It seems it's attracting 1.9 million visitors per day.

 

 

Forget Jesus, the stars died so that you could be here
- Lawrence Krauss


Gauche
atheist
Gauche's picture
Posts: 1565
Joined: 2007-01-18
User is offlineOffline
It seems like the reaction

It seems like the reaction in some part has been negative based on the fact that as a search engine it's not as useful as Google. It think it's a bit of an unfair comparison because even though both protects started with similar goals they didn't start with the same goal.

Wolfram started with the long term goal of making all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. Google started with the goal of cataloging all the information on the earth and not necessarily for the use of everyone.
 
So potentially Wolfram could turn out to be smarter and more useful than conventional search engines.

There are twists of time and space, of vision and reality, which only a dreamer can divine
H.P. Lovecraft


Sinphanius
Sinphanius's picture
Posts: 284
Joined: 2008-06-12
User is offlineOffline
Uh oh...

 


Kevin R Brown
Superfan
Kevin R Brown's picture
Posts: 3142
Joined: 2007-06-24
User is offlineOffline
This is my new most favorite

This is my new most favorite web app.


Thandarr
Posts: 117
Joined: 2006-12-15
User is offlineOffline
Mine too.  I just searched

Mine too.  I just searched December 25, 0001, and it reported no known major notable events for December 25, 1 a.d.

Thandarr