Thursday, April 30, 2009

A New Kind of Search Engine

Tomorrow is the day when Stephen Wolfram's WolframAlpha launches. Called a Computational Knowledge Engine instead of a Search Engine, it puts in practice the principles outlined in a New Kind Of Science. Rudy Rucker has a good interview with Wolfram on the topic which you can download here. It is a good overview and, to my mind, puts to rest some of the detractors of NKS. Wolfram modestly asserts that he has one "good idea" and everything follows on from it.
If WolframAlpha proves to be as good as advertised then we are truly moving to a new paradigm where there is a scientist/expert at everyone's fingertips. No more lawyers! Sorry, I am getting carried away...

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