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Wolfram|Alpha

May 15, 2009

Noticed on twitter: many tweets about a new ‘computational knowledge engine’ called Wolfram|Alpha.

I checked it out, and it seems pretty damn cool. You can type in birthdays, historic events, any mathematical equation and it will pull up as much information as it has in its system. I smiled a little smile to learn that I had been born on a Sunday with 13.1 hours of sunlight. :)

Another awesome things: you can type in any food and get a complete nutritional analysis of it. What an awesome tool!

What I like best is that I feel that it can only get cooler from here. They say on their About page that they have more than 10 trillion pieces of data. They say that they think it’s silly that it’s the 21st century and we don’t have better search engines. And I really couldn’t agree more. We seem to have all this technology and yet I still can’t figure out how to set up my Wii/my mom’s tv sometimes. So strange, but so true..it’s so complicated! So I salute the makers of Wolfram|Alpha (those must be their names because it’s an awfully odd name to be honest) for stepping up to the plate on this one.

I feel like the search engine (although not perfect now) will and can only get much much better from here.

Except now it won’t let me search because it has exceeded its maximum test capacity? Bummer. I was searching for the caloric content of my smoothie.

Love, s.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Haitian permalink
    January 6, 2010 1:21 AM

    there are “easter eggs” hidden in wolfram alpha, type stuff like “open the pod bay doors, HAL” (obviously from 2001: A Space Odyssey) and you get “I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that” (or something similar) its great, theres lots of em and u can probably just google it to find a complete list, im too lazy to find it. Wolfram Alpha saved sooooooooo much time for calculus 2, just a tip :P

    • effieboo permalink
      January 6, 2010 1:24 AM

      Haha I am going to go try that right now! That’s hilarious. And I know about the calculus..I definitely used in in Cal1 so I am prepped on its awesomeness.

      ps. you kept your promise! :)

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