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Ugo Ferst 05-18-2009 03:00 AM

wolframalpha.com the new coolest thing on the net

I really think this is going the change the internet the way google has. Basically, instead of returning search results, it returns search answers. So, rather than returning a list of relevant webpages, it runs computations on them in the background to give you the answer that you're looking for. It's the project of Stephen Wolfram (the brains behind Mathematica).

It's sort of hard to explain, so here are a few examples:

Want to know the nutritional values of 2 pieces of swiss cheese? 2 slices of swiss cheese - Wolfram|Alpha

What about the detriot lions rushing yards per game? Detroit Lions rushing yards per game - Wolfram|Alpha

Comparison on passing touchdowns in history of the Cowboys and the Broncos... passing touchdowns Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos - Wolfram|Alpha

Want to know the stopping distance of a car going 70MPH? stopping distance 70mph - Wolfram|Alpha

Thinking about being an intercity bus driver and want to know the salary? intercity bus driver salary - Wolfram|Alpha

Who wrote stairway to heaven? Who wrote Stairway to Heaven? - Wolfram|Alpha

Of course it does awesome math stuff with Mathematica engine running in the background: http://www85.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=factor+2x^5+-+19x^4+%2B+58x^3+-+67x^2+%2B+56x+-+48

I think you get the idea. It was literally just released, so I'm sure it will change alot as time goes on... but it's already awesome.

LX 05-18-2009 09:58 AM

Wonderfully geeky. I only worry about the uptick in factoids.

Gurk 05-18-2009 01:11 PM

WOW these guys have a lot of time on there hand to put all that info into the system

Gurk 05-18-2009 01:13 PM

I tried it right now and it is pretty shit. I asked "who created basketball?" and it said Wolram doesn't understand the input

lang 05-18-2009 01:40 PM

I've been waiting around for this for a while. Google's pretty worried about these guys, so they're working on their own similar platform.

Ugo Ferst 05-18-2009 02:54 PM

i wanna invest $ in this, it will be HUGE!!!! Obv still working out some bugs and putting in info, but it will get better.

LX 05-18-2009 08:28 PM

It couldn't tell me if Chris bosh was a max player or not. Probably doesn't even know his PER.

TORaptor4Ever 05-19-2009 07:30 AM

Lol... this is going to drive teachers crazy.

A good friend of mine teaches high school and he already calls his kids "The wikipedia generation". :haha:

Raptorman 05-19-2009 09:41 AM

Skynet has been born. Bye bye world.

Gurk 05-19-2009 04:06 PM


Originally Posted by •LX• (Post 184251)
It couldn't tell me if Chris bosh was a max player or not. Probably doesn't even know his PER.


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