Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wolfram Alpha

According to the hype, Wolfram Alpha was supposed to changed the world:
New software making its debut this month is being heralded as a revolutionary development that could put Google to shame and represent a first step toward a global source of information that understands and responds to ordinary language. The system, called Wolfram Alpha, not only will be able to answer questions such as "How high is Mount Everest?" but it will be able to instantly calculate....
I tried a simple query:

Google, by contrast returned with many useful hits:

Hype isn't reality.

Wolfram Alpha is reportedly powered by "the world's 66th-fastest supercomputer." Maybe, 66th place isn't good enough.

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