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.It can solve equations for you, tell you notable events for a given date, or give you the current sky position of Pioneer 11. Try typing in your favourite gene, or even your first name. It's a cool little resource. I had fun playing around with inputs to see what it could do.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A new search engine has recently gone online, though Wolfram|Alpha seems more a competitor to Wikipedia than to Google. The idea is to serve as a data search and computational engine.