Open Access News

News from the open access movement

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Preview of Wolfram/Alpha

Wolfram Research previewed its question-answering service, Wolfram/Alpha, at Harvard yesterday.  See the 105':57" webcast or David Weinberger's blog notes

Also see Larry Dignan's preview of Wolfram/Alpha at ZDNet or Frederic Lardinois' preview at ReadWriteWeb.

Comment.  At first glance Alpha looks like any other free search engine.  But it returns direct answers, sometimes with graphs of relevant data, not just links to pages which might contain answers.  I'm looking forward to its launch next month.  This kind of service --from humans or machines-- is what I meant (in an article last summer) by solving the last-mile problem for knowledge.