A new Web tool, Wolfram | Alpha, went live on 18th May. It is described as a computational knowledge engine, rather than a search engine like Google. It aims to bring back answers to queries rather than a list of links to websites.
The website states “Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.”
- enter France, and it will bring back lots of information and stats related to France.
- enter France restaurants and it responds “Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input.”
Resourceshelf has a very useful round-up of its features here:
Another interesting review here by Nova Spivak: