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Old 05-14-2009, 02:40 AM
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Default Wolfram Alpha ‘to launch on Monday’

Wolfram Alpha, the new computational search engine which has been touted as a rival to Google, will go live early next week.

Conrad Wolfram, strategic director of Wolfram Alpha and brother of Stephen Wolfram, the website’s creator, said: “The plan is to launch it Monday next, May 18.
“That’s the plan. It’s a really complicated process to get this all out and deployed, but we’re fairly confident we’ll hit that date.”

Wolfram Alpha is a natural search engine, which filters information and data stored in its own vast databases to answer specific search queries, such as the GDP of Mexico, or a list of English counties. The aim is to return a single search result with the right answer, rather than a list of thousands of web pages which may or may not contain the information needed, as is the case with other search engines, like Yahoo! and Google.
Dr Stephen Wolfram, 49, is an eminent British physicist who wrote the Mathematica computer language, which is used by scientists and researchers to perform complex calculations.
Both he and his brother believe Wolfram Alpha will be complementary to Google, rather than a director competitor. “I think Wolfram Alpha has the potential to be quite important,” said Dr Wolfram.
“If you use a search engine, it’s a bit like a librarian who gives you a whole set of papers that you need to look through to get the answer. If you use Wolfram Alpha, it’s more like having your own personal analyst who takes the question you’ve got and tries to come back with a specific set of answers unique to your question,” said Conrad Wolfram.
Google yesterday announced its own take on computational search. A new tool, Google Squared, allows users to type in a specific query and receive a list of information that relates to that search term. For example, a search for London boroughs will return a list of all boroughs alphabetically, along with links to relevant websites and information about population and the leader of the council. The results are presented in a grid, and users can remove columns of unwanted information or add a column of data they would prefer to see.

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Old 05-16-2009, 02:51 PM
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its online now at [url]http://www.wolframalpha.com/index.html[/url]

There will be some teething problems initially and slow response due to volume but I'm sure they'll iron it all out pretty soon
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