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Wolfram|Alpha–The Next Big Thing

Posted by AB on May 18, 2009

Numbers geeks, rejoice.  It’s been a long time coming, but finally, Wolfram|Alpha is up and running.  Wolfram|Alpha is not a search engine, but a “knowledge engine.”  Search engines search the internet and returns links; Wolfram|Alpha generates data by doing computations using its own knowledge base and algorithms.  Think Google for computations.

Wolfram|Alpha is free for everyone to use, for non-commercial use.  One of its stated goals is “to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people–spanning all professions and education levels.  Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that geerates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.”

This is only the beginning for this incredible, new technology.  There are some bugs to be worked-out, and there are many to educate, but anyone with an affinity for numbers, calculations, data, and factual information will love Wolfram|Alpha.  In fact, there is much that I need to learn, as it was just released this past weekend.  I did, however, want to let as many people as possible about what I think is the next big thing for numbers geeks like myself.

I think that everyone will find Wolfram|Alpha useful in some way.  So, go to the website and experiment.  I highly recommend it.  It’s already have it on my menu bar.



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