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[Wolfram Blog]Wolfram|Alpha is coming!

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Originally Posted by Wolfram Blog

"Mathematica has been a great success in very broadly handling all kinds of formal technical systems and knowledge.

But what about everything else? What about all other systematic knowledge? All the methods and models, and data, that exists?

Fifty years ago, when computers were young, people assumed that they'd quickly be able to handle all these kinds of things.

And that one would be able to ask a computer any factual question, and have it compute the answer.

But it didn't work out that way. Computers have been able to do many remarkable and unexpected things. But not that.

I'd always thought, though, that eventually it should be possible. And a few years ago, I realized that I was finally in a position to try to do it."

Search engine, nah, how about a computational knowledge engine?
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just read the article and if this works out like they want it to this could be a fascinating new technology, rep+ for the find
damn this thing is like a 8 ball that might actually give the correct answer!

Originally Posted by RAFFY View Post
damn this thing is like a 8 ball that might actually give the correct answer!
Basically, yes.

Instead of searching for text in web pages then listing the relevant sites, Wolfram|Alpha will attempt to intelligently 'read' web content and create a response to the question that is asked.

It is mentioned in the article that the system hopefully will be text-to-speech capable, so might eventually be able to actually answer the question.
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