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Topic: Wolfram Alpha's response on "Who is Euler?"
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Peter Luschny

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Re: Wolfram Alpha's response on "Who is Euler?"
Posted: May 21, 2009 2:36 AM
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On 20 Mai, 21:05, Vladimir Bondarenko <> wrote:
> Here you are
> Google responds to the same question with the top link as follows

Dear Vladimir,

please do not assume that your readers are so dumb
not to be able to make their own tests.

Asking "Who is Bondarenko?" Alpha responded

Wolfram|Alpha isn't sure what to do with your input.
* Did you mean: Who is mansakonko?

To the same question Google responded with this top link

So Google might (rightly?) think you are the man in the moon.
However I find Alpha's answer more creative.

Seemingly you are very interested in Alpha. So it would
be nice to read your thoughts in a more explicit form.

For example it is not clear to me whether you noticed that
the answers are categorical different: Google points to
an entry in a sorted list whereas Alpha tries to find his
own answer.

In some way this reminds me of the days computer chess
started. I bought such a machine and, believe it or not,
I did win. I was very pleased. Then I read this article
in Scientific America which told me that I have not be
afraid to lose against a computer in my lifetime.
I was even more pleased. I do not have to tell you
the rest of the story. The chess engine on my PC
has an estimated ELO rating of about 3000 whereas
I could not increase my abilities to the same level.

So what role are you going to play? Do you want to
tell us: "Look how easily a bright chap like me
can make jokes out of the dumb Alpha machine.
Do not believe that semantic information mining
will ever bring new insights on your desktop." ?

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