The much awaited search tool WolframAlpha from mathematician and author, Stephen Wolfram is expected to be released for public usage next week. From the initial reports on the internet, the application appears like a complement to Google than its rival.
Wolfram Alpha doesn’t search through webpages based on the keywords, it rather relies on its “knowledge base”, which consists of a huge library, some created in-house, and some licensed. It includes Wikipedia, the US Census and a vast range of reference books, teamed with an Artificial Intelligence system.
Thus, unlike Google, which can only provide information that has already been compiled, WolframAlpha can answer questions that have never been answered before – for instance, “How many Americans live within a mile of a 50 storey building?” as part of the result, the user, ideally, receives a small report which gives a complete and accurate answer to the question.
The video below shows a sneak preview of Wolfram Alpha
It will be interesting to see how Wolfram changes the game of search.
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