Wolfram|Alpha - the Next Big Thing?

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  1. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Stephen Wolfram, via DF:

    It's called Wolfram|Alpha, and it's launching this May.

    I guess it's about time we finally get the answer to life, the universe, and everything. In real life.



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  2. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    Wow, i wonder what happens if you ask it the meaning of life?
     
  3. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    It makes you wait 7.5 million years, then spits out a seemingly random number. Then, to find out the question, it tells you that you need to build a second, more powerful WolframAlpha.
     
  4. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    That was the perfect answer, absolutely amazing
     
  5. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Thanks!

    Can you tell I've read the Guide trilogy once or twice. OK, maybe 15 or 20 times. And listened to the radio series. :D

    Seriously, I used to re-read the entire trilogy (all 5 books) once a year. I've been slacking the past couple of years, though.
     
  6. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    Oooh, i'v never read the books. I should get on that
     
  7. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I've only watched the movie once, just to say I had seen it. Of course, it is tough for me as a Douglas Adams fanboy to gripe about how different the movie is from the books. Every incarnation of the story has been different, on purpose. Adams wrote the radio series, the books, and the TV series, and they were all different from each other. They weren't just adaptations of the same thing.

    If you like the Monty Python style of comedy, you should read the books, although the first three are by far the best. You may also want to check out his Dirk Gently books.
     
  8. retroneo macrumors 6502a

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    Here's a 10 minute video demonstrating it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYhLsQPHNas

    The bit that got me 8:10 onwards, but the whole thing is pretty good.

    Asking it to check out if there is a correlation between serum potassium levels and LDL cholesterol levels... Pretty amazing.
     
  9. question fear macrumors 68020

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    Anyone watch "Angel the Series" and immediately think "Wolfram and Hart" every time they hear Wolfram/Alpha?
     
  10. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    Thats crazy, having a basic knowledge of such things and seeing that... I want it to launch soon
     
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    It was the instant DNA sequencing that dropped my jaw...

    This will change everything.
     
  12. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Got a lot of bioinformaticians and others watching keenly - some will be having access to demo v. soon.
     
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I have access to the preview of Alpha. It's pretty neat, and definitely offers different services than standard Google. As one would expect from Wolfram, most of its advantages cater to the science community.
     
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    Looks like a world changing tool, and it launches today 7pm CST. Is this the nerds best new friend?
     
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    Just think what this tool will be like in 30, 90, 365 days...

    Now that there is a decent tool that can sift mountains of data, the truly brilliant can excel.

    And I can watch! I have no illusions about where I am on the IQ scale when I see the kinds of things real scientists can do.

    BUT! How many scientists get paid to rebuild OS X on a PowerMac after it's donated to a museum? Huh? Well? That's what I thought.

    :)
     
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    I hope so as I stumped it 4 times with 4 questions.

    I do like the answer to "What is the meaning of life?" question that was posted above.
     
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    I love that. I did manage to stump it by asking the average velocity of a laden swallow, however. :)
     
  21. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I like that you can download the results as a Mathematica notebook, but I also was able to stump it more times than not. Looks like a nice start, though.
     
  22. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    Its easy to stump. But lets bear in mind that its still a beta!
     
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    Well, obviously it was stumped, you didn't tell it whether it's the European or the African swallow.
     
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    I typed in "boobs?" and proceeded to be underwhelmed.
     

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