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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 business model
Posted: May 21, 2009 2:20 PM
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On 21 Mai, 16:11, Richard Fateman <> wrote:

> Peter's view that saying Alpha is a failure is like saying computers
> can't play chess (ever) in 1968.

Yes. And that we will have to wait for some decades before
the /idea/ behind Alpha will become reality like those
incredible chess engines in use today.

> My assumption is that Alpha will get better. How much better is
> impossible to predict.

Alpha as a product - who knows. But the idea behind Alpha
- semantic information mining - will establish itself.

> It is possible to assess the contrast between the claims of Wolfram
> regarding Alpha today, and its performance today. On that basis it
> seems that the claims are overblown.

Sure. But that's quite typical for this industry. (For those who build
these systems and sometimes detectable even in those who criticize

> "what is the height of the campanile in Berkeley, california?"

Ok. Now it is time for an successful example. Type in


The answer is not so bad, I think.

> Maybe we should wait for Wolfram Beta.

"The next Google will be Google," someone said who knows this
Google is hard working on the same technology (minus NKS, of course).

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