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Monday, May 04, 2009

2009 Dr Stephen Wolfram launches Wolfram Alpha.

"An invention that could change the internet for ever"

I didn’t try it and in principle I shouldn’t talk about it.
But from what I read it is a beginning of something much more sophisticated than Google.
The steps are small and of course unsecure, trembling, like the ones of a toddler, but they are new steps in a new direction.

"The real innovation, however, is in its ability to work things out "on the fly", according to its British inventor, Dr Stephen Wolfram. If you ask it to compare the height of Mount Everest to the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, it will tell you. Or ask what the weather was like in London on the day John F Kennedy was assassinated, it will cross-check and provide the answer. Ask it about D sharp major, it will play the scale. Type in "10 flips for four heads" and it will guess that you need to know the probability of coin-tossing. If you want to know when the next solar eclipse over Chicago is, or the exact current location of the International Space Station, it can work it out."

It is a small step toward something "Brain like".
It is not just a mechanical display of web pages, it is an elaboration of results, which getting more sophisticated, will give the right answers.
Of course it needs a large and accurate database, but that is something brain needs too.
The difference is that the human brain wouldn’t be able to search a huge database in a few seconds and that the human memory would never be able to keep such huge database as the Internet can offer.
On the other hand, human brain has learned to distinguish between the title of a movie and a real information, thanks to the fact that it began working since the dawn of humanity.
Let’s give computers a chance, may be it will pay off...
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