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Re: Are you wolfing tonight?
On May 20, 10:58 am, J=E1nos L=F6bb <janos.l... at yale.edu> wrote: > On May 19, 2009, at 7:01 AM, magma wrote: > > > Are you wolfing tonight? > > Not yet the title of a new pop song, but wolfing (or walphing) is the > > new thing to do on the net. Not necessarily lonesome. > > > Wolfram|Alpha went live in test mode at 8:48pm CST on Friday 15th May. > > While its fictional "city" cousin HAL comes from Urbana, W/A is > > perhaps more "rural" coming from Champaign :-) > > It can't yet play chess and hasn't killed anybody yet, but it's > > nevertheless a killer app. > > Yes, it is a killer app. It kills itself !! > > Just type into it "Ampere's law" and watch what do you get. > > Or, if You do not want to bother yourself with such bagatelle, type > in: "Map of lung cancer in Connecticut" and see what is unfolding. > > J=E1nos > > P.S. Of course if I type the same in Google, I am getting something. Yes the semantic capabilities of W/A are not very impressive (yet?). For instance: it understands that "square root" is a unique concept, but thinks that "Ampere's Law" or "Law of Ampere" are lists of 2 (minor) towns. Still if we stick to the strictly technical data and use reasonably simple input, we can get a lot of info. That's why I wrote that it s "curated data to the n-th power". In other words: it expands the data that is already available to Mathematica users and does not require you to follow a precise syntax in the input field. I imagine that the quality of the service will be a non-decreasing function of time.