posted on May, 16 2009 @ 01:10 PM
As many of you may be aware Wolfram the company famous mostly for their Mathmatica software is this weekend Alpha testing Wolfram Alpha.
The system quickly crashed exceeding their QPS or queries per second limit and the system quickly folded. It then went to an error screen that had a
link to the video of the launch.
I pulled a couple of frame grabs that I felt most accurately described the feelings of some of the launch participants in the control room at Wolfram
This first one was first in the video so I will begin with that image.
I titled this one Wolfram Alpha Launch Head Scratch
This second frame grab below is I think one of the funniest. It sums up the feeling of likely a number of the operations people at the Wolfram Alpha
I titled this one Wolfram Alpha Launch Face Palm
I was so amused with this one that I nearly took the time to make an animation closeup of the entire face palm event. Maybe later when I have more
time. You may already be able to find one on 4chan.
Well that is the amusing part of the story. The important part is to me for this discussion is what will this system lead to.
I think it is the technological basis for a public accessible A.I. or Artificial Intelligence.
I can imagine myself in the near future working on a project where I need a quick calculation of a very technical nature and I just pull out my 4G
smart phone and pull up WolframAlpha
and start using my thumbs or stylus to quickly input the
computation query parameters, then obtaining the result in a few seconds.
My portable device will have access to the beginning of an A.I. type of computational engine with huge integrated database access.
I will be checking back with this application site over the weekend and trying to get some computation done on my Palm Treo. I might wait until the
official launch on Monday if they manage to make it through the weekend.
[edit on 5/16/2009 by UFOTECH]