Wolfram Alpha: Next major search breakthrough?

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  1. MrBrian

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    Wolfram Alpha: Next major search breakthrough?

    Wolfram Alpha is Coming -- and It Could be as Important as Google

     
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    Thanks for your Topic and summary. This might prove very encouraging, not to downplay Google by any stretch, but it appears to been well thought out.

    We'll all be looking forward to trying this one.
     
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    You're welcome EASTER :)

    A competitor that can be used now with registration is http://www.trueknowledge.com/. Here are comments, purportedly from the founder of True Knowledge, about Wolfram Alpha (taken from http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/0...to-factual-questions-this-is-going-to-be-big/):

     
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    A competitor is START from MIT, which has been available since 1993. START, however, seems limited compared to what Wolfram Alpha might be able to do.
     
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    Doug Lenat, the founder of the Cyc project, has written a new comment at the twine.com URL mentioned in my first post:

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    Interesting concept and read without a doubt.

    It remains to be seen, and maybe soon that this will extend Mathematica into an ever more desired measure of advanced information that can be put to some real use and fan out to expand it's interest in ways not yet conceived.

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    Interesting topic! There's no doubt search needs to expand beyond the simple pattern matching that all current search engines use. Google innovation was page ranking, which allows them to filter results and find the most relevant ones, but in essence its just running a massive string compare against its cached copies of web pages.

    Understanding the semantic nature of content and extracting meaning from it is a very hard AI problem. If we are truly close to solving it (which I don't believe) it will mean wonders, not just for web search, but local documents, linking together content in a more useful way than hyperlinks, and all sorts of possibilities.
     
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    Officially launches May 18, but may be available to a limited extent before then. I'm using it right now in fact :D. Its availability is sporadic now though.

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/
     
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    Too much traffic, won't load!
     
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    So far, I am liking Wolfram Alpha. It is especially strong when it comes to computing mathematical equations (not surprise there as the engine is Wolfram Mathematica).
     
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    Agree. I can load the page, but when I click any links, Firefox stops responding and then crashes. Will have to wait a few days and then give it a shot.
     
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    A lot of it appears to be computational reference, which is useful when you need information using numerical facts.

    I have looked at the examples, and it appears you can get dictionary definitions, but it's obviously not complete yet. Try 'word thixotropy' and WolframAlpha doesn't know that one.
     
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    Wolfram Alpha searching for its niche

     
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