Playing with Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha has just been launched today. tagged by some as Google‘s killer, i quickly played around and here are some immediate points i have:

  • it’s a totally new experience! not so much text, it was clean with nice images
  • search performance is quite slower compared to Google, but manageable
  • definitely a geeks searching tool dream-come-true! with various reports, graphs, clickable/copyble plaintext
  • you can download your search result into PDF, this is great esp for researchers and students
  • and their specialization – mathematics – woah man, it blew me away! i bet everyone will love calculus because of Wolfram|Alpha! hahaha

the launch have had some minor issues (i heard some logging issues and some reporting their browsers hanging etc). as for the claim it would kill Google – seriously i can’t tell it yet. overall i guess they had a good start, i’m expecting more good things from Wolfram|Alpha and their team, congrats!!

Wolfram|Alpha Launch

a few months ago i blogged about Wolfram|Alpha, which by some was tagged as the next Google killer, today this much-anticipated (or hyped) tool is launched.

Wolfram|Alpha boasts of a new search algorithm that makes data on the web “computable” via its computational knowledge engine.

sit back and watch the LIVE stream:
http://www.justin.tv/widgets/jtv_player.swfWatch live video from Wolfram|Alpha on Justin.tv

learn more about Wolfram|Alpha @ [wolframalpha.com]

Wolfram|Alpha – The Google Killer?

touted by some as the newest Google killer, Wolfram|Alpha is all set to prove this by may ’09.


Stephen Wolfram, a scientist, inventor, author and a business leader narrates this in his blog, “Fifty years ago, when computers were young, people assumed that they’d quickly be able to handle all these kinds of things.
And that one would be able to ask a computer any factual question, and have it compute the answer. But it didn’t work out that way. Computers have been able to do many remarkable and unexpected things. But not that. I’d always thought, though, that eventually it should be possible. And a few years ago, I realized that I was finally in a position to try to do it.”

so what makes Wolfram|Alpha different from Google? Wolfram|Alpha boasts of a new search algorithm that makes data on the web “computable.” so if you try to search, “How many islands are there in the Philippines?” it’s algorithm will represent your query in numbers and give you the best answer. unlike Google which will use the entered query as keywords for searching, Wolfram|Alpha claims to understand your search and give you the “paired” answer to your question! hmmm

now if it would reply with, “High tide? or Low tide?” to my above query, Wolfram|Alpha will get my nod. haha!

read more [blogs.zdnet.com]