The wonders of the Inter-fiche

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I’ve just been having a play with Wolfram|Alpha, the new “computational knowledge engine” that is – apparently – going to be setting the intertubes on fire.

Rather than showing you all of the possible websites that might contain the words that you searched for (a la Google, Yahoo, and all other search engines to date), Wolfram|Alpha interrogates the data, interprets it for you, and brings together relevant information in its result for you.

So, if you type in “UK inflation”, rather than giving you a list of documents on the web that might (or might not) be useful to you, it seeks out the data for you and presents you with a series of datasets related to your search (garnered from any number of sources of structured data).

By far the coolest thing, though, is that it is well up on its answers to some of the biggest questions of the day:

"How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?"

"How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?"

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One Response to “The wonders of the Inter-fiche”

  1. Kimmitt Says:

    Haha. That’s brilliant.

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