Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 00:12:55 UTC 2009

2009/3/12 Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com>:
> On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 2:32 AM, Mike Dougherty <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm skeptical of anything that claims to be the new _something that already
>> exists_.
>> dude 1: "It's like sliced bread, only better... because the slices go in
>> another dimension"
>> dude 2: "Isn't that just another kind of sliced bread?"
>> dude 1: "No, this is awesomer... 'cuz it's new."
> :-)
>> WolframAlpha is no doubt high profile (with status and funding to match).
>> However, these guys have also been at it for a while:
>> http://www.trueknowledge.com/
> I am usually fond of Wolfram ideas and projects, but I cannot really
> say that I could understand what Alpha is really about, besides
> buzzwords, innuendos and hype.

It's the batcomputer. You ask it a question and it gives you the
answer. This is unlike google, of which you can ask a question, but
you get a list of links back.

Check out that trueknowledge link above, it gives a good idea of the
concept, although it also exposes inherent problems; I had great
trouble finding a question that it could answer. I hope WolframAlpha
is going to be a bit more knowledgeable than that.


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