The much anticipated Wolfram Alpha has launched. Is it a search engine? Is it a "Google killer?" Or is it something completely new? If it is from Wolfram Research, you can be sure it is a bit of all of the above.
Data is needed to generate information. Information is required for knowledge. Knowledge is the key to understanding. Wolfram Alpha is a tool which takes massive amount of information, uses who knows how many computers to synthesize knowledge on demand, and makes that power accessible to everyone. It may be easier to show what Wolfram Alpha is than to try to describe it. Go and try it for yourself. Type in your birthday and see what comes back. Put in your two favorite stocks and see what happens. Enter what you had for breakfast and look at the results. You may be surprised at the usefulness of this tool once you have spent some time with it. It may just be the killer app for the iPhone! [Permalink] - Wolfram Alpha