Friday, May 1, 2009

Searching for Information in the Internet?!

Most of us are always looking for information in the Internet and we use popular search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, etc. However, there will be a new search engine starting May 2009 that will interpret your questions. Is this search engine will be more powerful than Google? I'm not sure yet but I believe it will be! How is this possible? ... it uses Mathematics! Click the link below to learn more about this new search engine.
clipped from blog.wolfram.com
WolframAlpha

Fifty years ago, when computers were young, people assumed that they’d
quickly be able to handle all these kinds of things.

And that one would be able to ask a computer any factual question, and have
it compute the answer.

But it didn’t work out that way. Computers have been able to do many
remarkable and unexpected things. But not that.

But armed with Mathematica and NKS I realized there’s another way:
explicitly implement methods and models, as algorithms, and explicitly curate
all data so that it is immediately computable.
All one needs to be able to do is to take questions people ask in natural
language, and represent them in a precise form that fits into the computations
one can do.

I wasn’t at all sure it was going to work. But I’m happy to say that with a mixture of many clever algorithms and heuristics, lots of linguistic discovery and linguistic curation, and what probably amount to some serious theoretical breakthroughs, we’re actually managing to make it work.

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3 comments:

Peter Cartwright said...

Personally, i think that computers is a highly overated device, however it is a phenomenal invension. Many people solely rely on computers to perform supernatural tasks but it is not capable of performing such tasks. It is evident that the human mind is much more competent than just a machine that was made by man. However, because of the use of the world wide web a computer has a slight advantage of finding out more sourcee. With this, i conclude by saying the computer is a phenomenal device but should not be solely relied on by individuals to perform supernatural tasks.

Peter Cartwright

Anonymous said...

I Fully agree with peter, because i think that computers cand only do but so much and is not a definite reliability source for us and we have to learn to do certain things on our own. our human minds which holds large information on english science and Math helped to create the computer so i dont think that something that man created should be considered the main resource as to certain things that we do today, yes it makes it easier but my point is that computers are not definite to be around forever but til we die or ascend our minds are here. so for little tasks like doing basic math just take out a pencil and paper
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Emmy nolastname said...

Mathematics is one of the most fascinating topics there is in the word of education, or anywhere for that matters. With this new computer technology, mathematics subjects that may have taken years of education to master will be available to everyone regardless of their educational background. I think this new website will be very insightful to those individuals who are interested in learning more about the world are them through the field of mathematics. In addition, this will give students a more clear view of how mathematics is used around them everyday, and it will give them a more understanding of what mathematics really is.

:-) Emanise Mirthil