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Re: Wolfram/Alpha

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  • Subject: [mg97311] Re: Wolfram/Alpha
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 05:38:21 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Uni Leipzig
  • References: <got8as$ghi$> <> <gp2qem$cvu$>
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it is already well known that the answer will be "42"


Ingolf Dahl wrote:
> I am not involved, and know nothing about it, so I can speak open about it
> without risking being killed for that (hopefully!). I am as curious as
> anyone.
> There is more to read beneath the following link
> be-as-important-as-google
> Saturday morning (March 7, 2009) I found the following on Wikipedia,
> "Wolfram Alpha":
> "Wolfram|Alpha is a new futuristic search engine equipped with artificial
> intelligence, to be introduced in May 2009 by Wolfram Research. Its
> spiritual father, Stephen Wolfram, explains that it will be able to
> translate natural language into a format comprehensible to computers and
> search through trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of
> algorithms to provide the user with a valuable answer."
> In the same evening, the entry was deleted, since it met Wikipedia's
> criteria for speedy deletion "as an article about a web site, blog, web
> forum, webcomic, podcast, browser game, or similar web content that does not
> indicate the importance or significance of the subject."
> What to say about that?
> Ingolf Dahl
> Sweden
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: dbreiss at [mailto:dbreiss at] 
>> Sent: den 8 mars 2009 11:54
>> To: mathgroup at
>> Subject:  Re: Wolfram/Alpha
>> As you might expect, any who are in the know, and who tell, 
>> would have to kill or be killed.
>> Suffice it to say that it is very interesting and will grow 
>> into something quite overarching.
>> --David (who wants to remain alive)
>> On Mar 7, 2:39 am, magma <mader... at> wrote:
>>> I just read the latest intriguing blog entry on the Wolfram site.
>>> It reports the May 09 opening of the the Wolfram/Alpha 
>> site: a sort of 
>>> omniscient super google cum curated data, if I understand well.
>>> Does anybody knows a bit more (and is willing to speak :-) ) ?
>>> What I find also amazing is that this project must have engaged a 
>>> considerable amount of WRI resources, financial time and human, yet 
>>> they managed to keep all this very quiet.
>>> Exciting isn't it?

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