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Mar092009

Wolfram Alpha: Mathematica and NKS to Web search

Stephen Wolfram has a track record of scientific breakthroughs and some controversy. In May, Wolfram will unveil his latest creation called “Wolfram Alpha,” which applies his work with Mathematica and NKS (A New Kind of Science) to Web search.

Wolfram Alpha is like plugging into a vast electronic brain. It provides extremely impressive and thorough answers to a wide range of questions asked in many different ways, and it computes answers, it doesn’t merely look them up in a big database.” “In this respect it is vastly smarter than (and different from) Google. Google simply retrieves documents based on keyword searches. Google doesn’t understand the question or the answer, and doesn’t compute answers based on models of various fields of human knowledge,” Wolfram said in a post.

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