Wolfram Alpha

What we want to do is to take whatever you ask, and generate the best report we can about it. Don’t just give you one answer, but contextualize that. Organize the information in a way that’s optimized for humans to understand.

All of this, as I say, happens many millions of times every day. And I’m really excited about what it means for the democratization of knowledge.

It used to be that if you want to answer all these kinds of questions, you’d have to go find an expert, and have them figure out the answer. But now in a sense we’ve automated a lot of those experts. So that means anyone, anywhere, anytime, can immediately get answers.

This guy, Stephen Wolfram, has made here an amazing discovery. He has created a tool that seems to be like some sort of new version of a smart, knowledgeable Siri. So useful ! Of course, it still has room for improvement, but Wolfram Alpha, I would say, is the next technological step. For having played with it, I was nicely surprised to see that it is precise and yet easy to understand. So the questions are : What do the creators of these computational knowledge engines have in mind ? Really spread knowledge, or make profit ? Both seem plausible, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the best out of it. And will technology ever beat the human brain ? In the future, probably, yes. For now, check that out :

 

Well, at least I know I won’t use Wolfram Alpha as my only resource for my EE topic. But isn’t it nice, to have a quick overview, instead of searching the web when you don’t know what you’re searching for ?

What if you’re like me, and you don’t ever know where to look first ? {I want to see that as curiosity, but still…}

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