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Originally posted by tristar
I do feel that at some point something is going to dominate the scene, when will this happen, i have no idea. It only reminds of when MS was dominating the PC world and all of a sudden Linux was born and then the consumer could choose what os he wanted. Although MS does not update its software for Linux users that fast but eventually they do or the greater open source gurus figure out what drivers are needed were.
I feel the same is going to happen with Google.
WolframAlpha: move over Google?
A new search engine promises more precise, refined results than ever before. But is America ready for it?
Is the climate change website you’re visiting funded by an oil company? And can you trust the Wikipedia page for a politician you’re interested in? Search engines that prioritise popularity over accuracy hardly help, giving you millions of websites to choose from and no idea of which you can trust.
A new type of search engine, launching this week, could change all that. WolframAlpha (www.wolframalpha.com) is the web’s first “computational knowledge engine” and is the brainchild of Stephen Wolfram, a British computer scientist now based in Illinois. Unlike Google or Yahoo!, WolframAlpha holds only factual data — more than 10 trillion pieces of information — sourced from thousands of official websites, libraries and academic journals, and checked by experts.
In America it has created speculation that it could redefine how we use the web. This isn’t just because it uses only trustworthy sources, but because it knows how each piece of information in its databases is related to every other piece. This allows users to ask it questions in plain English and get the results as graphs, tables and 3-D diagrams.
Type in “30mpg”, for instance, and WolframAlpha will convert it into kilometres per litre and contrast it with the fuel consumption of an average car. You can compare the GDP, currency or mortality rates of different countries, or find out how much healthier a banana is than a hamburger.