Reactions to Wolfram|Alpha from around the Web

May 4, 2009
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In the last three months, I’ve discussed Wolfram|Alpha one-on-one with well over 300 people from all over the world and all walks of life. Wolfram|Alpha is a service unlike any other, and people’s reactions reflect this. When simple analogy is not possible, the discussions take on a whole different tone than that of a typical product introduction.

Here are some of the reactions floating around the web. They reflect the diversity of conversations I’ve had in my one-on-ones. What’s your take?

“While search engines like Google, by and large, find things that already exist on the Internet—Web sites, photos, videos, blogs—Wolfram|Alpha answers questions, often by doing complex, and new computations.” —From The New York Times Bits blog

“Wolfram|Alpha comes in and gives searchers something they have been missing. You can search for very specific things in the realm of science, math, geography, demographics, and so on and get not just the answer, but detailed information from real sources. There is really nothing like this out there at this scale.” —From Search Engine Roundtable

“While many of the demo queries may feel like ways Wolfram|Alpha is being put through its paces, rather than reflecting real life queries, I’m pretty confident we will see some amazing uses of its calculating abilities. As Twitter cofounder Biz Stone recently called Twitter ‘the messaging service we didn’t know we needed until we had it.’ Similarly, Wolfram|Alpha may become the search service we didn’t know we needed—and in particular, the search service we may use in ways completely unexpected from what anyone is envisioning.” —From Search Engine Land

“…[Wolfram|]Alpha excels at not just retrieving the stored data but performing various appropriate numeric calculations on the data, and displaying the results in beautiful graphs and easily comprehended tables for the user.” —From Semantic Universe

“[Wolfram|]Alpha, however, will probably be a worthy challenger for Wikipedia and many textbooks and reference works. Instead of looking up basic encyclopedic information there, users can just go to [Wolfram|]Alpha instead, where they will get a direct answer to their question, as well as a nicely presented set of graphs and other info.” —From ReadWriteWeb

“The next query shows off how the engine can be used for health issues. A search for LDL 180 (a measure of your ‘bad’ cholesterol) displays a graph depicting how that figure stands relative to the general population. Wolfram[|Alpha] then shows how the engine can perform the same task for a different age range.” —From TechCrunch

“Luckily the demo video embedded here walks through a lot of the possibilities this search engine offers, and those possibilities are mind-blowing, especially for a data lover.” —From Lifehacker

284 Comments

wolframalpha is the bestttttttttttttttttttttt

Posted by abdullah May 4, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I am excited so please give me a peak

Posted by Sean May 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Comparing it to “Twitter” was about as low a blow as someone could have given you, but in general I am very excited to start using this application. Thanks!

Posted by Bryant Woods May 4, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I myself love the thought even though Twitter doesn’t agree with me. It doesn’t of course mean they should be in the same league.

    Posted by BoLe May 5, 2009 at 8:16 am

When will I be able to try it out?I need to know.

Posted by A.C.Roper May 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm

First off, I have been a big fan of Mathematica and its creator Dr. Wolfram for quite some time. So naturally when I heard about Wolfram Alpha I was quite surprised (I imagine it was quite a feat to keep it so hush hush for so long!) and excited by its potential and certainly it feels a bit like something from the future, AKA Web 3.0.
While there appears at the present moment in the Media/Blogosphere to be rampant speculation over how it will match up with Google to me that is almost missing the point as Wolfram Alpha represents a new paradigm altogether. With a new paradigm, like a Singularity, it is probably a bit hard to predict exactly how it will reshape the Internet. The important point is that however it unfolds it will be a game changer!

Serious Kudos to everyone on the Wolfram Team!

Posted by Jeff Z May 4, 2009 at 6:46 pm

This is very seriously work for culturally..We would need it.

Posted by Batuhan Jackson May 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm

0mg dis r0x so much

Posted by th3_h4x0r May 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm

very good

Posted by antonio martino May 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I think it is one of the most interesting products have emerged: I started with Arpanet, did artificial intelligence, expert systems, but this is the closest since the syntactic simplicity of the network, intelligent searches. I’m still in the early stages, I hope to learn more property comment
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Posted by antonio martino May 4, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Hey, why don’t you run this query in Wolfram Alpha?

“users sneak peek date”

I am sure the answer will be “NOOOW!!!!!!!”

:)

Posted by Álvaro May 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I think that Wolfram|Alpha is forging ahead where many other endeavors have failed. I am very excited about this revolutionary product!

Posted by Clark Moody May 4, 2009 at 7:49 pm

I’m really looking forward to trying this, it sounds amazing.
Byrant, I totally agree that comparing it to Twitter is no compliment!

Posted by Max May 4, 2009 at 7:49 pm

I am impressed, you guys haven’t even launched and you are at an Alexa page rank of under 45,000.

Should be a great service, it will be interesting to see how you monetize it.

Posted by Chuck May 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I cannot wait to try this out. Now that I’ve been invited to the blog, how can I actually get to try test the beta? I am so sick of the tired out google, this sounds absolutely amazing!

Posted by Chris May 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I really hope it offers some real competition to Google. No only is Google lacking in so many respects, it has gotten so arrogant

Posted by David May 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

When will I be able to try it out?

Launch, launch!!!

Posted by Dennis La Cotera May 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Competition… always a good thing.

Posted by Alex May 4, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Launch, launch!!!
I’m Waiting for your srvice

Posted by yassine May 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I know Mathematica from way back. This is a quantum leap in computing on the web and it brings us even closer to the true potential of computing. This is a masterful piece of software. Kudos.

Posted by Sandy May 4, 2009 at 9:02 pm

We are anxious to see this product and service on line. From what we can see it will add immensely to the web experience and will be a much needed resource.

Posted by DJ Halcro May 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm

If you missed Woodstock and Memphis, don’t miss this launch this time.

Posted by ben May 4, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Google dissapoints me many times.

It oftentimes offers a highly ranked link that dates back many years.

Search relevancy should be reflected to some extent by recency.

It would be useful to know if the response to my search was dated when I decided to click on to a particular link offered. I could always look back historically if more recent links did not provide me with the information that I was looking for.

I hope that you move forward.

Posted by peterduce May 4, 2009 at 9:12 pm

very expect

Posted by cncute May 4, 2009 at 9:14 pm

One of the reasons I’m excited about Wolfram Alpha is that it is “real”, practical AI… so much of AI research seems to under-deliver, so it’s so refreshing to see a something that is really thriving.

Posted by Daniel Bigham May 4, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I can not wait until I try Wolframlpha

Posted by Az May 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm

please hurry up and launch, i have so many uses for you!

Posted by jasonspalace May 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Just launch. Enough of the hype!

Posted by dennis May 4, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Why “Alpha”?

Posted by Gustavo May 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Because it’s run by males?

    Posted by susanai May 5, 2009 at 2:58 am

shut up and deliver! We are all fed up with the accolades we just wanna experience WOLFRAM-ALFA!

Posted by Gerard White May 4, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I predict, that if Wolfram|Alpha’s server and network infrastructure can keep-pace, it will rival Google & Wikipedia’s web traffic.

Posted by Glen Neff May 4, 2009 at 9:35 pm

launch it please!!!!!! cna’t wait

Posted by george May 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Hearing about Wolfram was an event that I have waited so long for. It is the next logical thing in the digital world. I look forward to the launch date.

Thank you and good luck.

Posted by Ibrahim May 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Such a major evolutionary step for the Web… Fascinating, compelling and so exciting! Where will THIS take us?! :)

Posted by ali drummond May 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

You are launching sooonnnn… Why not puting a Video on what the tools really does. Those long text reports and news sounds interesting, but I don´t see the value in generating additional expectaction without giving new pieces of Information. YES!1 We Got It W/A is different…is better…so show it!…Easy!!

Posted by Jorge May 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I’m still waiting…

Please let me know when you need me.

G G

Posted by Goggly Gogol May 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm

When, when, when? The more I think about it, the more applications come to mind, and I am sure vastly more remain to be discovered. I have the feeling Wolfram|Alpha will be as or more significant than the internet itself. It will be a marvelous research tool.

Posted by Jim Walsh May 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Jim, thanks! What applications come to mind?

    Posted by Russell Foltz-Smith May 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

That is a wonderful production !! , and best all the world!! Please let me try it magic right now!!

Posted by jadychen May 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I cannot wait to try this.!!

Posted by Jungso Kim May 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Woo!! That is amazing!! So Cool!! That is a best searching engine whole the world , Let me try it !!

Posted by jadychen May 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Dr. Wolfram
Your program will be able to predict future events as measurements from the
Temple in Israel to the important citys surrounding it.Israel being the exact center of the world.
Please have your team examine this important featuren
Curtis

Posted by Curtis May 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm

If everything I have heard is true, this could truly revolutionize the way we search for information on the web. I look forward to the launch and commend everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen. Cheers!

Posted by Justin Ergler May 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm

yea yea yea… GET ON WITH IT! Launch already!

Posted by Joey C. May 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm

bring it to me bring it to me bring it to me pete

Posted by Pete K. May 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Can’t wait to see how this compares against Google which has been my (and many others I’m sure) default search engine. It’s about time something comes along to challenge it!
LAUNCH!!

Posted by Jeff May 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

todo pinta muy bien
ojala se pudiera
ver lo del idioma

Posted by JuanAnCast May 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Very Good!

Posted by sellsoft May 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

stop teasing me!

Posted by Luis May 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm

ready for the display.
hoping this is revelutionary of the life!
thanks to Dr Wolfram

Posted by mpcp May 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I’m so excited, I’m already over Alpha – I WANT WolframBeta NOW!! :0)

JJ

Posted by Joseph May 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I am glad to see this coming along, it is time google had some competition. I will for sure be using it over google. If you need testers I am available.

Posted by Ann May 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I am wondering if it will tackle other issues, or just internet for now.
How about Health-Care?
Anyone interested in joining me in starting a new network!
The future is in “Health-Care”

Posted by aj May 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    What?

    Posted by tetris11 May 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I would be most interested to find out if there are more in depth answers and suggestions to the health and diagnosis of any particular queries that people may have, Google and other search engines provide many answers but get only variopus imput from past information and difficult to receive “up to date technology”Please give some insight as to the programme you are sugesting?
    Thomas Ashbarry

    Posted by Thomas Ashbarry May 5, 2009 at 6:01 am

      Yes, there is great depth in health and medicine. For instance, you can compute through many useful health studies to find where you stand relative to a particular study of a condition or health stat.

      Posted by Russell Foltz-Smith May 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    sounds interesting. i am based in france, where health care has recently been quite an issue with the ex-pat community.
    how would you see a network functioning?
    look forward to your comments and ideas
    my website is only a ‘sandbox’ for a drupal 6 installation -see drupal.org

    Posted by eric May 5, 2009 at 6:56 am

Nice of you to keep sending me email after email, without actually allowing me to see Wolfram|Alpha. What a pain in the ass.

Posted by Mark Paine May 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    The Wolfram/Alpha demos are on YouTube Mr. Paine try a Google Search. Hope this helps !!!

    Posted by Eric Logan May 4, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    This is what Alpha testing is all about. Only a select few people are invited to test the software program. Alpha testing’s goal is to have a few people provide feedback about bugs and recommendations to improve the software. Once Alpha testing is complete then Beta testing is next, in which many more people are invited to help test. :-)

    Posted by sg1 May 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I would like to look for some e-Learning applications of WolframAlpha, any thoughts about it pls?

    Posted by Miki May 5, 2009 at 12:56 am

    This is called marketing :)

    I can’t wait either to get a proper email saying: “Wolfram Alpha goes live today!”

    PS: So please stop tickling us, with these bloody “self stroking” emails ;)

    Posted by ms May 5, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Yeah wots with all the secrecy just let us try this thing out otherwise all the hype begins sounding like biased marketing

    Posted by Nyingi Maina May 5, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Uhuh – this is also causing me a fair amount of irritation.

    Posted by Joel Michell May 5, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I’m similarly frustrated that despite my interest and the upcoming launch I am still unable to see Wolfram|Alpha in action

    Posted by MK May 5, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Mark, surely you mean paine in the ass. lol

    Posted by Tom May 5, 2009 at 5:00 am

    I agree with Mark Paine.

    I’m sick of the spate of self-congratulatory emails and newsletters spewing out every two or three days. Stop with the prepositioning and puffing. I already “get” how fricking brilliant all this is, etc.

    Stop with the skirt lifting and get on to intercourse with your audience of potential users.

    For a grown man to show himself and his technology off during an extended tease is ridiculous.

    No matter how smart Wolfram is, he’s behaving like Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone.

    If he’s that enamored with tease, just sell the damn algorithm to Apple. Steve does the extended tease better than anyone else in the tech world.

    Enough already! Get on with it.

    Posted by Sam Kephart May 5, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Hi Mark (and others),

    Sorry for any inconvenience with the news updates. Please feel free to unsubscribe.

    Posted by The PR Team May 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I just want to know, If i ask it for the ultimate answer to the ultimate of life, the universe, and everything…. what will it’s answer be? ~.^

Posted by KW May 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    42

    Posted by lolo May 4, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    42

    Posted by D. Adams May 4, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    42 DUH

    Posted by BOB May 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Something similar to 47 – 5

    Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox May 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    In this case, don’t matter the answer of this machine. You’ll have to find this ultimate answer in your own Self. Which is also true for me either. Indeed, who am I?…

    Posted by solis May 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Why, 47 of course…

    Posted by Starscream May 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Stupid mistype – 42 is the ultimate answer.

    Now we just have to see how long it takes Wolfram|Alpha to verify the answer…

    Posted by Starscream May 4, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    If it’s as good as I think it is, it will tell you to get a life and quit wasting its time.

    Posted by Steven Sturdevant May 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    44.

    Posted by P. Konstantinides May 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

    42

    ;)

    Posted by Guy May 5, 2009 at 12:40 am

    42

    Posted by Geert May 5, 2009 at 1:05 am

    42?

    Posted by SD May 5, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Ah. We already know that. It is 42.

    Posted by Simon Allen May 5, 2009 at 1:32 am

    42

    Posted by Tom May 5, 2009 at 1:51 am

    46, the answer will become more accurate when the mice get their act together and more data become available

    Posted by Mal May 5, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I’m with KW

    Posted by Matt May 5, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Let us HOPE that the answer will be “42″…

    Posted by Oberon May 5, 2009 at 2:01 am

    42

    Posted by one that know May 5, 2009 at 2:30 am

    42

    Posted by Doug Adams May 5, 2009 at 2:34 am

    42

    Posted by bk May 5, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Probably that it will answer your question when you learn to spell…
    Maybe never?

    Posted by dR May 5, 2009 at 3:27 am

    42 – what else? Read Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

    Posted by Neil Blues May 5, 2009 at 3:43 am

    42

    Posted by Hajo Brodam May 5, 2009 at 3:56 am

    42 of course

    Posted by Roman May 5, 2009 at 4:59 am

    “I just want to know, If i ask it for the ultimate answer to the ultimate of life, the universe, and everything…. what will it’s answer be? ~.^”

    42, obviously.

    Posted by Gary May 5, 2009 at 5:01 am

    47, dummy.

    Posted by Stuart May 5, 2009 at 5:18 am

    42.
    The questions is: What was the question?

    (and i suspect that this will be the answer offered by wolfram alpha…)

    Posted by Martin O'Flaherty May 5, 2009 at 5:30 am

    It has to be 42!

    Posted by HV May 5, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Every geek knows the answer to that…

    Posted by fox_nl May 5, 2009 at 6:24 am

    The apostrophe rules.

    Posted by Larry Thorson May 5, 2009 at 6:45 am

    It may provide a different experience in terms of “search”, but would it provide a better experience in other areas too, for example, privacity? Or will it mine and store massive amounts of data about its users, like most search engines perform today?

    Posted by Kerick Robery May 5, 2009 at 7:15 am

    42

    Posted by Horseonovich May 5, 2009 at 8:03 am

Can it answer exact answer to questions like “what will be the exact effect of Global warming in next 25 years?

Posted by Ashwin May 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Looks to be very impressive. Waitingly!

Posted by T Kamzalian May 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm

LOL @ Mark Paine

Posted by Joe Smith May 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm

to the team
finally starts the search engine, no matter whether they are good or bad, because Google must finally learn to fear

Posted by Joachim Lange May 4, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Anxiously waiting for the launch.

Posted by Moby May 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Wolfram|Alpha is awesome. It will obviously be expanded to other fields, and will change the way we work.

Thanks,
Don

Posted by Donald P. Martin May 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Is it a mythical creature that is part wolf, part ram, part alpha? Does it devour on google’s when its hungry? When it eats aol’s for breakfast does it do what most of us do and just regurgitate it back out of our system? Is yahoo its desert or salad! Probably why I don’t like desert or salad for that matter. Come see it in action at http://askwolframalpha.com and decide for yourself.

Posted by Miro May 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm

I hope It will make a new wave all over the internet

Posted by NeoPrabhu May 4, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Watching the YouTube video of Stephen Wolfram demonstrating WolframAlpha, he mentions that it running slower than he is used to. If it is running slow with one user, wth will it do when it is turned up to six billion users?
http://www.youtube.com/ search for WolframAlpha

Posted by JimH May 4, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Working on some medical diagnostic projects at the moment and would be interested to explore the possibilities of Wolfram|Alpha.

Posted by John Adams May 4, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Wolfram|Alpha works as we wish exactly not as the other search engines do. It thinks like us! It answers the questions whatever they are. It will work with high credibile data as high as it must be in a reliable manner.
We will all behined Wolfram|Alpha till to full sucesson all scales

Posted by Elsayed Ismail May 5, 2009 at 12:01 am

I am so excited by the prospect of new algorithms that make unexpected connections and give new answers. Something tells me we will see some fun and useful info from Dr Wolfram’s eponimous machine. Turn it on and turn us on. Woo-hoo, let the fun begine.

Posted by Colin May 5, 2009 at 12:01 am

Çalışmalarınızda baÅŸarılar diliyorum……………….

Posted by nazmi May 5, 2009 at 12:03 am

As an autodidactic, queer PostGrad, one who also has dyslexia the main characteristic of which is holistic-thinking ability, I am wondering how this ‘device’ will assist me in preventative mental actions concerning self-organising regular floods of ideas usually out of processional sequence, and so being my own worst, and happenchance, enermy?
I want to operate a website that opens with these overlapping real-life interests, but programmes, not unnaturally, pose issues for this kind of mind: it doesn’t work to a ‘logical’ order?
Comments welcomed.

Posted by Silenus May 5, 2009 at 12:05 am

NO EMAIL TO WRITE DIRECTLY?

Posted by MAIL May 5, 2009 at 12:06 am

Looks like a great tool for the internet users across the globe, may be a good replacement for some of the most used search engines, that often reads queries wrongly and throws generic answers, my only concern is if the search is limited to few subjects like math,geography etc – it will not attract people from every walk of life, let’s wait and see when the tool arrives.

Posted by Ajit Kashyap May 5, 2009 at 12:09 am

I just want to know, If i ask it for the ultimate answer to the ultimate of life, the universe, and everything…. what will it’s answer be?

Posted by ankara nakliye May 5, 2009 at 12:14 am

I wonder how many of the people that have signed up for this newsletter / update are from Google’s employees……. Ready to grab the code and stamp the newbies into the ground… thats the usual sequence of events. If this lot have a good idea, they should ENCRYPT the site so that you do not get taken advantage of. … just a thought.

Posted by Agent Smith May 5, 2009 at 12:14 am

Nice of you to keep sending me email after email, without actually allowing me to see Wolfram|Alpha. What a pain in the ass.

Posted by ankara nakliyat May 5, 2009 at 12:15 am

I am wondering if it will tackle other issues, or just internet for now.
How about Health-Care?

Posted by ankara nakliye May 5, 2009 at 12:17 am

On the one hand I am bit confused as to how the data can be validated. I presume that stats that are quoted as sourced from Wolfram/Alpha will eventually be accepted by the general populace but GIGO comes to mind.

On the other hand – I can’t wait to try it out and find out for myself stats to add weight to discussions etc. Will definitely add a new dimension to my internet searching.

Posted by Penny Everett May 5, 2009 at 12:24 am

nice job

Posted by claudio May 5, 2009 at 12:24 am

It should be nice to have another search engine. But we will have to be the judge of such service when its out in the open

Posted by nabil May 5, 2009 at 12:31 am

when we use anhother language version ? or its wil b eonly english
if that trrue google eat the wolfram

Posted by murat May 5, 2009 at 12:34 am

I’m getting bored with all this. Stop banging on about how good it is and let us try the wretched thing. I have a horrible feeling this is going to be the biggest damp squib since the Segway.

Posted by John May 5, 2009 at 12:39 am

the ultimate answer is: 42 :-)

Posted by mattes May 5, 2009 at 12:41 am

Time for Beta release then – anything else is just hot air

Posted by AD May 5, 2009 at 12:54 am

i hope u find the best way to be the best
Abdu – Syria

Posted by Abdu May 5, 2009 at 12:58 am

Wonderfull ! I hope i will see a nice surprise and a very good info competition ;) !!!

Posted by Roberto Chicco May 5, 2009 at 12:59 am

It sounds incredible.
Oh,KW – as with an early computer and President (USA) asking it “is there a God” the computer eventually replied “there is now”
As patience is a virtue that is becoming more virtual than real, this SE sounds like it will meet a huge need.

Posted by Keith May 5, 2009 at 1:01 am

google out, Wolfram|Alpha in :DDD

Posted by fatih May 5, 2009 at 1:01 am

@KW : the answer will be 42

@Wolfram team: great work, I can’t wait to see the new search engine at work

Good luck,
Daniel

Posted by Daniel Buca May 5, 2009 at 1:03 am

“Where’s the beef?
I want to see the beef”

Posted by ron May 5, 2009 at 1:04 am

Thank you very much to keep me informed by e-mail about making progess.

Posted by Johan R.Arendsen May 5, 2009 at 1:07 am

I am keen wait to use it. Particularly international researches about any international relation topics.

Posted by Niyazi Nizam May 5, 2009 at 1:08 am

I don’t really want to read about how much fun other people have playing with this toy if I can’t play with it.

Posted by Colin Phillips May 5, 2009 at 1:15 am

Conglaturations!!

Posted by Kim wan May 5, 2009 at 1:16 am

Your true ‘fans’ may want to follow every step of your pre-launch hype.
They are likely to check the blogs regularly anyway.

The rest of us just subscribed to be kept informed as soon as there is a version of WolframAlpha for us to play with. We don’t want the rest of the spam.

Posted by aa May 5, 2009 at 1:16 am

I’m not interest in this block. I want to see the search engine.

Posted by Albert Einstein May 5, 2009 at 1:17 am

I think the name Wolfram|Alpha is not photogenic, I mean nameogenic or something. Although it rymes with the hype of wolverine or something.

Posted by Sam May 5, 2009 at 1:24 am

Just a curiosity !!!.

Will it solve the World’s present economic recession ???

Oh… the magic mirror !! Answer my question?

Posted by M.S. Hyder May 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

Hey, May is here and I have to make do with emails?

Posted by Saurabh May 5, 2009 at 1:27 am

All good and well, but what will this mean for ordinary searches ?
This are all very specific searches, but ordinary ranking and such are left behind? I see WA more as an large pool of specific data like a large encyclopedia.

Posted by Dries Optimizer bvba May 5, 2009 at 1:31 am

I wonder when the buzz will stop and Wolfram Alpha will start to work…

Posted by sergray May 5, 2009 at 1:34 am

Will it allow me to find a best car with my budget and project my forecasted operational costs in owning one? :)

Posted by Ricci May 5, 2009 at 1:39 am

I work in the field of attribution as it relates to hate groups, domestic terrorism, and foreign terrorist organizations. I live in the world of search engines, data mining, and the vast sea of data that the Internet has become. While all the reviews and the posts sound like this is something that myself and my organization could take great advantage of — I have not first hand knowledge. I am a principal investigator for for the activities of a non-governmental project team, which conducts research work related to attack attribution.

Our team is multi-disciplinary experts in many fields such as military affairs, intelligence, foreign affairs, national security, network operations, information warfare, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, mathematics, and semiotics. We currently are active in three major areas: (1) The legal monitoring of hate groups, domestic and international terrorist groups (2) The collection and storage of observables related to our monitoring and (3) Analysis using various correlation techniques to determine attribution consistent with causal relationships observed in the real world.

We would love to get our hands on the tool. But alas we are a volunteer organization, money is tight and the way it appears — even if we had lots of money — there is no access to the product.

If there is such a thing as an A list. Please put me/us on it. We are excited to give it a whirl.

Be Well,

Chet

Posted by Chet Uber May 5, 2009 at 1:41 am

It can be powerfull but not a good domain name.

Posted by Halim May 5, 2009 at 1:43 am

What would be the answer if I ask it “How could you know what a woman is desiring especially as they speak something and mean something else?” … I am very much eager to try this out. This will it’s ultimate test. :)

Posted by Swadhin May 5, 2009 at 1:43 am

can we see the demo , let general public try it out and give comments

Posted by shailesh shah May 5, 2009 at 1:47 am

@KW: probably 42 :-)

Posted by JG May 5, 2009 at 1:48 am

If i ask you what is beyond the universe.
Then what will be the answer

Posted by Nitin May 5, 2009 at 1:48 am

Good site thanks admin.

Posted by ersan May 5, 2009 at 1:51 am

Nice of you to keep sending me email after email, without actually allowing me to see Wolfram|Alpha. What a pain in the ass.

Posted by web tasarım May 5, 2009 at 1:51 am

Wolfram wouldn’t even tell me the date of the launch!

Posted by Mal May 5, 2009 at 1:56 am

“KW: I just want to know, If i ask it for the ultimate answer to the ultimate of life, the universe, and everything…. what will it’s answer be? ~.^”

42 of course, I thought everyone knew that?

Posted by Brian May 5, 2009 at 2:03 am

Thanks for the teasers guys. Now when do we see the product

Posted by Suresh May 5, 2009 at 2:08 am

I want , entery to your team .

Posted by ahmet hamdi yaÄŸmur May 5, 2009 at 2:09 am

Looking forward to using it.

Posted by Marco May 5, 2009 at 2:09 am

The right thing. No more search engines. THE answer’s engine. The dark side of the moon in the sunlight. Finally.

Posted by Georges Snackaert May 5, 2009 at 2:11 am

Since my studying of NKS I was wondering about a nice application of order borning from cellular automata. Now I understand that Wolfram|Alpha is able to reach the eigenvalues of knowledge if knowledge byself is thought as a giant multidimensional matrix.
So new combinations are rising from reckoning as we are told by Leibnitz “Calculemus”.
I would like to check that my thought about Wolfram|Alpha is right!
Thank you
:-)
Orleo

Posted by Orleo Marinaro May 5, 2009 at 2:14 am

Some of this comments are pointing out mainly Alpha’s computational abilities. What about the logical and natural language abilities ? Will it be available in more languages ?

Posted by Dan Ianisevschi May 5, 2009 at 2:14 am

A Wolfram in sheep’s clothing.

Posted by kip May 5, 2009 at 2:17 am

I have one comment… PUT UP OR SHUT UP.
This BS PR machine reminds me a lot of cuil and sasquatch and all those other phony experiements…
I think you’re not well served by talking.. rather then walking. Dump your advisors.. – it all started with the nova spivack douche article… you create hype and expectations which will come crushing down on you when you launch.. not very smart.. it broke cuil.com…. and those expectations yes its free publicity but they are impossible to fulfill…

Posted by nobs May 5, 2009 at 2:18 am

Yes the emails… border spam… PUT UP or SHUT UP…. so stop those emails and open it up. If I’d have known that I am getting weekly emails with no real launch date.. I’d have never signed up. I expected one email its open.. and done.

This primadonna tour is bs,… as simple as that. Put up or shut up!!

Posted by nobs May 5, 2009 at 2:19 am

Cant wait to see it in action.

Posted by M Ferreira May 5, 2009 at 2:23 am

I agree – why all the hype if it’s so good? Why don’t you just let people at it?

Posted by Tarwin May 5, 2009 at 2:23 am

Agreed with MP, all the HYPE emails and no view. All everyone is talking about is the graphs, vowee, excite me. Where does the data come from, is it geared for a bunch of egg-heads? by the sounds of those who have ‘apparently’ seen it, that’s what it is. To Joe Doe it’ll mean nothing. He’ll be getting 5000 link2link2link sites that all others seem to specialise in.There I was thinking it was going to be a REAL search engine that filters out the quick-money-making-scamers.

Posted by Tai Toman May 5, 2009 at 2:24 am

it is simply great, hopeful and very encouraging.
We are seeing the significant proof of the infinite creativity of mankind.

Posted by Dr. Walid El Tamer May 5, 2009 at 2:25 am

It is getting a bit ridiculous. How many emails do you want to send before “actually” showing a glimpse of the search engine?

Posted by Whatever May 5, 2009 at 2:26 am

31

Posted by Phil Williams May 5, 2009 at 2:27 am

Oopps…i meant 42…….. Sorry Mr Adams

Posted by Phil Williams May 5, 2009 at 2:31 am

Dear Sir,

Your Search Engine I am sure will be University of its own in the space of 6×4 desk space in every body’s home!

Helping the creator to create=Hope for Peace International foundation

Posted by P.S.Thimaiya May 5, 2009 at 2:34 am

42.

Posted by LordOfRuin May 5, 2009 at 2:39 am

I too have not yet seen your product, though I admit to being able to fathom various uses for it. I would like to see something more than Hype, be it Company generated, or Comment driven. But like many products, whose abilities are shared with the general media, I hope this does not resolve to be some high-brow tool used by a few academics only with little or no access to the public. I have not even seen the ‘front end’ as it were, even in video form. Is it a case that all consumers are equal, but some, more equal than others?

Your product potentially has tremendous real time uses, from Engine Management, Cartography, symbiotic symmetry application, AI and others, yet so far, it’s developing for some of us, into to so much hype and nothing of substance.

Posted by kaela.street May 5, 2009 at 2:39 am

From what I am reading in these comments, Wolfram will gather and sort through all sorts of scientific data and display it according the the query from the user. Will thatt be their main focus or will it also help people searching for, say images of Brittney Spears? In other words; will it compete with Google on those day to day searches or is it going to be a different thing?

Posted by Arne. May 5, 2009 at 2:41 am

Is not possible for me leave an objective opinion because i’ had not the possibility to try this engine if you kindly could send a link i ll check it out.
What the pther opinion let understand sound very interesting but touching with hand is different matter.
Best regards.

Posted by fabio burlando May 5, 2009 at 2:41 am

Sounds great. Hope it has a decent and robust api. R

Posted by richard May 5, 2009 at 2:42 am

why do some people always seem to expect the ultimate, when 99% would be much more than they have ever been used to

Posted by Eddie May 5, 2009 at 2:50 am

I think Wolfram is not just like Wikipedia.It solves the problems we meet in life.Such as someone’s comuputer get a problem,other people see it and give their solutions.The work done by Wolfram is to choose the best one to this problem.So when another man meet the same problem he can get the best answer.Moreover,we can modify the answer when it needs.

Posted by Onebook May 5, 2009 at 2:54 am

Never,EVER abandon this project,never give up :D

Posted by John May 5, 2009 at 2:56 am

Could you please moderate your emails,I personally, don’t want to read inane remarks.I’m willing to wait and see how it pans out,when it’s released,
Thank you
JR

Posted by John Richards May 5, 2009 at 2:56 am

To KW’s question ‘the ultimate answer’ – the answer would be “it’s in the the email”.

Posted by susanai May 5, 2009 at 2:56 am

@KW I guess the answer will be… 42.

Posted by DerMika May 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

I cannot wait to be severely disappointed by this website. It’s being built up more than the Segway was.

Posted by Mark May 5, 2009 at 3:07 am

how was the earth formed

Posted by tanishq May 5, 2009 at 3:08 am

Please remove me from your mailing list immediatley, thank you

Posted by M Chambers May 5, 2009 at 3:10 am

@mark yeah i vote for a demonstration !

Posted by Bram Bolt May 5, 2009 at 3:12 am

Did all those sites/people really tested W|A engine?

I hope output graphs will be interactive. W|A could cooperate with Gapminder – also great stuff.

Posted by mr.m. May 5, 2009 at 3:12 am

Yes, Wolfram Alpha sounds like a great search engine. I hope you get it launched soon because Google is not going to sit around and wait for you to get your act together. I’m sure their team is picking apart the pre-release information and assimilating those ideas into their search engine.

Posted by stewkelly May 5, 2009 at 3:13 am

We really need advanced search engine features from Wolfram|Alpha in this fast growing cyberspace.

Posted by save cell May 5, 2009 at 3:15 am

As a fundraiser, research into prospective donors historical giving can feel some times like alchamey. Providing I am specific enough in my requests, will Wolfram be able to assist with useful quantitative and qualitative results?

Posted by Milton May 5, 2009 at 3:16 am

Guess this is getting more and more interesting and inspiring – this concept will definitely make a difference .. It will change not only the way people are net searching, but it will change the way they are thinking as well.

Posted by TH May 5, 2009 at 3:17 am

I am a business consultant in Deloitte Consulting LLP, just concern about how I can use the Wolfram|Alpha to help data analysis and statistics. I believe that new functions under innovative numeric calculation method will be used and tested in reality, and more potential of this powerful engine will be unleashed. Looking forward,,,,

Good luck

Posted by DM May 5, 2009 at 3:17 am

@KW It’s actually 49. Some thought it was 42 for a while but they forgot the 7 year itch.

Posted by MW May 5, 2009 at 3:21 am

KW – it’s 42 – surely everyone knows that?

Posted by Allan Morris May 5, 2009 at 3:25 am

Answer this, Wolfram: when will you stop sending out spam and actually launch this brilliant new search engine?

Posted by Martin May 5, 2009 at 3:26 am

@KW: I really think it will come up with “42″

Posted by JB May 5, 2009 at 3:28 am

It’s May already!!!!

Posted by Greg R May 5, 2009 at 3:29 am

Well KW, the answer in the demo
for “the meaning of life”
was 42 !!!

Posted by Allan May 5, 2009 at 3:30 am

If Wolfram|Alpha does succeed in changing the way that data is organised so that it answers people’s questions it will help humans advance in the long term. This will depend on the level of adoption.

In the short term it will fundimentally change on line marketing. Marketing professionals will have to think very hard about the quality of the data we put out there.

Posted by Louis May 5, 2009 at 3:30 am

42

Everybody knows that!

Posted by jameson May 5, 2009 at 3:31 am

I hope it’s 42!

Posted by Brendan May 5, 2009 at 3:34 am

As someone who is primarily interested in Knowledge Management and it’s effect on project success, I will be interested in the launch and it’s practical implications.

Hope it launches SOON !!!

Posted by LaurieKM May 5, 2009 at 3:37 am

when will open Wolfram Alpha engine search ??

i wonder …

Posted by mike May 5, 2009 at 3:38 am

Comparing W|A and Twitter is like comparing a duck and a wardrobe

Even comparing Google and W|A seems rather pointless, as the former is a search engine and the latter is an answers engine – Google has been good but they’ve reached a point where they can’t develop the search facility any further and they’re now moving towards online services. I’m not sure how the W|A “general” knowledge is compiled (as opposed to the calculated data) but this is the next generation of online information providers.

I certainly would have been very proud to have been part of the development team – good work !

Posted by pinkerton May 5, 2009 at 3:42 am

It just painful to wait now..I am waiting for it long time..I really thing Google need some competitor which push them to rethink there strategy..They should think they have not a paramount kingdom. Please release it for our use. So that we can use this and take note to publish it on our blog.

Thank you

Posted by Arafat Hossain Piyada May 5, 2009 at 3:52 am

You didn’t need to send me email after email, if you had actually allowed me to see Wolfram|Alpha

Posted by ShahyadS May 5, 2009 at 3:54 am

Eagerly waiting for the launch of this wonderful tool that is going to revolutionize the world of knowledge.

Posted by Yogesh Kamdar May 5, 2009 at 3:55 am

As Mark Paine said, it might be time to show us something real…

Posted by menorki May 5, 2009 at 3:55 am

having read all the comments about wolfram i am really excited to get my hands on asap.

Posted by sam oueida May 5, 2009 at 3:57 am

super idea…

Posted by adem özbay May 5, 2009 at 4:01 am

Alpha and Wikipedia could become the two canonical sources of knowledge in the early 21st century, one curated and one community sourced. To understand this fact we need interpretive social scientists who have access to the Wolfram enterprise and are able to gather data about the data gathering. We could also use some novelists or poets in place, though this does run the risk of Stephen becoming the Dr. Frankenstein model for the new century.

Posted by Warren Yoder May 5, 2009 at 4:07 am

Congratulations to mr. Wolfram and his team.
Exseptionaly briliant aproach that will suredly advance civilization in many not yet realized aspects well into milenium.
DF

Posted by Darko Fius May 5, 2009 at 4:19 am

It would have been wiser to heavily advertise Wolframalpha only a few weeks before its launch rather that a few months.Now the expectation is so high and it has to live up to it otherwise it might damage the business side of things.But overall well done guys, you are attempting to solve a huge technical problems and the best all of us can do is be patient.

Posted by Isam May 5, 2009 at 4:22 am

The answer will be “null”, to you it should mean DEATH. we will all die. OK OK. I personally think this inteligent search engine will cause indexing to search engines a think of the past. There will be no need for that since It will be working with live data. If it really works like that, then it can take seconds for a site to be popular depending and what users are searching for and even seconds to make a popular site become unpopular, depending on content changes ofcourse.

Posted by Romeoiv May 5, 2009 at 4:26 am

when do envisage this site opening please?

Posted by jeremy May 5, 2009 at 4:27 am

They are probably going to release it on the last day of the month…or even postpone the release because of some unsuspected error. 99% chance that it still won’t be out when I wake up tommorow…*grumble*

Posted by networkknight May 5, 2009 at 4:28 am

Hope all goes well. Come on~

Posted by Y Song May 5, 2009 at 4:33 am

When will it come online ?

Posted by Geoff Evans May 5, 2009 at 4:47 am

42

Posted by a May 5, 2009 at 4:47 am

really good
i want to try it right now
still the question the domain is too long.
why not combine “wolfram”and “alpha:”
like “wolpha” it will be OK

http://WWW.WOLPAH.COM
easy to type into!

Posted by tom May 5, 2009 at 4:50 am

Could be interesting to have negative reactions – not only the good ones.
Just an idea for neutrality.

Posted by Roy May 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

KW that seems like a silly question. What else but 42 is possible as an answer there?

Posted by DW Poot May 5, 2009 at 4:59 am

I can hardly wait, it sounds fantastic!

Posted by springdisney May 5, 2009 at 5:04 am

I’m wondering, how do it collect the info?

Posted by xiaoning May 5, 2009 at 5:10 am

I think the answer will be 42 – what else?

Posted by Thorsten May 5, 2009 at 5:14 am

it’s very nice if i will be one from the few select individuals that’s have un early access think’s

Posted by mimo May 5, 2009 at 5:19 am

Google changed the way I work, think & live. But despite its strengths the gaping holes are apparent – recency & relevance of output are the most important. I await Wolfram Alpha to define the next level. As an advertiser who uses Google, I am keen to understand what opportunities this new platform will offer.

Posted by Sujan Roy May 5, 2009 at 5:45 am

Eagerly waiting for the launch

Posted by srinivas anumolu May 5, 2009 at 5:46 am

agree to Mark Paine. I came again through email with a hope to see something in action.

Posted by Damodar Bashyal May 5, 2009 at 5:49 am

Hi, Keep up the good work.

I just wanted to tell you guys, don’t forget about international support, fo all the data, and all the input, and for everything. Wikipedia, google, youtube aren’t what they are just by aiming for the USA community.

Posted by Enrique Hernández Strömberg May 5, 2009 at 5:50 am

Well, you keep emailing me which is good but unlike other beta search sites, you are not allowing me to taste the goods. A bit bloody silly really. I don’t really care what other people say about your apparently great search engine. I have totally lost al interest in your site after today’s email.

Posted by Peter May 5, 2009 at 5:56 am

I HOPE IT IS BETTER ABOUT PICTURE AND MOVIE ENGINE THAN GOOGLE…

Posted by SÃœLEYMAN YILDIZ May 5, 2009 at 5:57 am

i agree with mark above..cant contact you and have been basically kept in the dark up to this point…. are you going public ????

Posted by TOM HOPKINS May 5, 2009 at 6:10 am

أني انتظر أن يدعم اللغة العربية
I expect to support the Arabic language

Posted by Mohsen May 5, 2009 at 6:13 am

Hey Wolframmers, could someone please tell me how I can actually get to experience WolframAlpha. I’m well interested, but I only seem to get some email instead of a breakthrough experience. Many thanks!

Posted by Peter Hebly May 5, 2009 at 6:13 am

Just show online regime conference – would be no questions// Igor – Moscow

Posted by igor impersky May 5, 2009 at 6:15 am

Perhaps the government is already using a version of Wolfram to make interpolations of all the computer, email, and voice communications that it is recording under the guise of National Security. Our enemies are very miniscule as compared the the threat our government now poses the the privacy and freedom of its citizens.

Posted by Al May 5, 2009 at 6:15 am

Sounds great, but when can we actually try it?

Posted by Chris Jordan May 5, 2009 at 6:19 am

Looking forward to the introduction to this technology, I have followed the net since shortly after its inception and the progress is nothing short of miraculous and seems as though it will continue to grow.
I wish to thank all that have contributed in the past and future

Posted by Thomas Ashbarry May 5, 2009 at 6:27 am

Why the answer will most assuredly be “42″

Posted by Jebowers87 May 5, 2009 at 6:28 am

I personally feel that Wolfram/Alpha may have Google a bit concerned! Being in the technical field, we cannot wait until Wolfram/Alpha is launched! After reading many articles regarding the many wonders of this one man show, we remain excited to get to finally use it. I would really like to purchase stock in this! It’s going to go Big!

Posted by Diane May 5, 2009 at 6:28 am

I can’t wait. Hopefully when I wake up on one of the up coming days my inbox will have an invitation saying that Alpha is ready

Posted by T. Miller May 5, 2009 at 6:31 am

Good luck Wolfram|Alpha.

Posted by Babur Sertbas May 5, 2009 at 6:37 am

Can Wolfram|Alpha tell us when we will recieve a link to a beta Wolfram|Alpha so we can play with Wolfram|Alpha?

Posted by chown May 5, 2009 at 6:39 am

exactly, why don’t you keep sending me emails if I dont even have a chance to check it out myself…. very clever

Posted by md May 5, 2009 at 6:42 am

I cannot wait to start using it. Seems anyone who doesn’t have access to Wolfram/Alpha is going to be at a tremendous disadvantage!!!!

I love the internet for its ability to give up pertinent information already but to be able to use a program to provide comparative data and suggest conclusions is mind boggling. I imagine the student bodies of world universities will be some of the biggest users.

mls

Posted by Dr. M. L. Simmons May 5, 2009 at 6:47 am

All this buzz is of no use till the time we can actually see what is WF ?
its crime in internet to hide something…its knowledge…its not yours…share it

Posted by RS May 5, 2009 at 6:47 am

Referring to an above comment, an LDL of 180, compared with the rest of the population, does not help people understand that:
1. LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein, not cholesterol,
2. the cholesterol molecules within all the 5 major groups of lipoproteins (which enable transport of fat and cholesterol through the water based blood) is identical,
3. protein particle traffic patterns through the blood and interaction of these protein particles with proteins on cell surfaces has always been the correct issue,
4. LDL particles vary widely, by size and other characteristics, in their propensity to drive atherosclerosis,
5. Only oxidized LDL particles within the lining of the arteries attract white blood cells and promote disease,
6. early childhood levels, before atherosclerosis begins, is very low, typically about ¼ of low adult levels
7. atherosclerosis does not produce artery narrowing, instead that artery narrowing is a result of repeated plaque rupture and blood clots which narrow or close the opening
8. etc.

The may still be marked room for improvemnet.

However, I do appluade Stephen Wolfram’s powerful effort and the work of the Wolfram|Alpha Team, without yet seeing the actual performance.

Posted by M Alvis May 5, 2009 at 6:51 am

    M Alvis, thanks for providing such a thorough backdrop for LDL. Note that we will have community options for discussion, related links for context, a full source list providing links and citations to more reference materials and all variety of other ways to go deeper into the knowledge.

    Posted by Russell Foltz-Smith May 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Hi,

Looks awesome. But how confident can we be of the data shown? Are sources displayed along with the data, or perhaps a confidence level?

Good luck with the project!

A.

Posted by Abbass Hussain May 5, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Yes, Abbass, Wolfram|Alpha provides a full source list on computations using or referencing data.

    Posted by Russell Foltz-Smith May 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm

think this could be another exciting development. can already see other applications for it

Posted by eric May 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

This is going to be released shortly right!! Any release date mentioned!!

Posted by Pro-Vamsi May 5, 2009 at 6:59 am

Like @Mark Paine I’m longing for full accessability. Hoping for the new search-engine to come up the sooner the better!

In the meantime thanks for the newsletter.

Posted by Danebod May 5, 2009 at 7:00 am

The ultimate questions for me,
Is there a levity field container for a gravity field?
Can a gravity field contain and restrain a black-hole?

Is there more than our planet, system, galaxy, universe…?

Does math/science consider levity beyond gravity%~?

!HAVEFUN!

Posted by oh21 May 5, 2009 at 7:01 am

It would be worth permitting to login with exclusive email allocation …….@wolframalpha.com to your regular members and contributors.

Look forward to D-Day.

ILAZAIR

Posted by Syed Riaz Ali May 5, 2009 at 7:03 am

At this point, rather than attempting to build hype (because I wasn’t able to get into the webcast) and there ins’t anything to see or experiment with, I’d appreciate less communication until you are ready for debut. Until there is some commercial, scientific or academic use clearly indicated and available for testing, this all could be something or nothing. Let me know when you are done.

Posted by Dale Tennison May 5, 2009 at 7:20 am

42

Posted by Fitz May 5, 2009 at 7:21 am

***Finally something that computes not just a glorified file system!!!!!!***

Posted by Steven Sweet May 5, 2009 at 7:31 am

Lets see it work

Posted by Don Conner May 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

KW: you will be shocked :P

Posted by Florin Buda May 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

When will it go beta?

Posted by Don Conner May 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

I am going to suggest a different name for Wolfram|Alpha, more descriptive of its function:

Scholar

Posted by Kahuna May 5, 2009 at 7:37 am

HOW CAN WE INVEST IN Wolfram Alpha ?? IS it on the stock market?

Posted by Jack May 5, 2009 at 7:49 am

I’m really looking forward to using Search|Alpha. It’s the thinking man’s search engine. I already have a number of questions I would like to ask it and see how it performs.

I believe it will have that ‘addictive’ quality. People will try a standard ‘Google’ type search to start with, they when they see the results they will want to ask more complex questions and on many different levels.

If ever we thought that one day the Internet would become ‘alive’ this is that first true step.

Posted by Simon Nicol (Mystic) May 5, 2009 at 7:52 am

It is a bit strange to sign up for one thing (information on when WolframAlpha becomes available to me) and end up getting something completely different (information about blog updates). There is no reason for me to subscribe to your RSS feed now, is there?

Posted by Peter Nordstrand May 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

thanks for quick, regular news update. I am eager to see this a wonderful new searching engine for the needed comprehensive and mathematical abilities for my research and widen information availability for deep and comprehensive data. if it really meet my expectation , then it will be the big event ever in 2009.

Posted by zorro May 5, 2009 at 7:57 am

I am eager to actually see a demo of Wolfram/Alpha. WHen will you have it up and running?

Posted by Marcia Krause May 5, 2009 at 8:01 am

I’m interested if the team see the product as for occasional use (say 1-5 times a day per company), or if it’s OK to use it as a regular part of a business process (say 10 times an hour per user for a repetitive query). I don’t have a specific application (yet).

Posted by Tim Hulse May 5, 2009 at 8:04 am

I agree, let us see the real thing or stop send the teaser emails. Email after email is getting old fast.

Posted by CI May 5, 2009 at 8:08 am

Thanks or the links, of course. But don’t you think it’s also a bit ridiculous, echoing response for a service yet unavailable?

Posted by BoLe May 5, 2009 at 8:10 am

Reading over the possibilities of Wolfram l Alpha, brings about some ‘exciting’ and hopefully ‘soon to be available’ thoughts. I am wondering if there is a projected release date?

Posted by Solitudeone May 5, 2009 at 8:11 am

> I just want to know, If i ask it for the ultimate answer to the ultimate of life, the universe, and
> everything…. what will it’s answer be? ~.^

==> 42

Posted by Answer_to_life May 5, 2009 at 8:15 am

There are a lot of search engines based on FAST and other technology that are dependent on symantic analysis, coding of stories, taxonomies, etc. I look forward to seeing how this stacks up against Factiva, ClearForest, and other companies in this space.

Obviously, one difference is that Wolfram Alpha is aiming at all knowlege available through the internet, rather than at defined subset streams, or selected sites on the Internet as Relegence does.

I look forward to seeing how they compare. I’m also surprised that most commenters see this as a google replacement, rather than in the context of the vast amount of work being done on search for financial and other applications. Has anyone here ever used Factiva.com?

Posted by Ken May 5, 2009 at 8:16 am

You should check this out.

http://start.csail.mit.edu/

Most of the answers are “I don’t know”

Posted by MIT's_START May 5, 2009 at 8:18 am

I am looking forward to Alpha. Is it called alpha because this is just the beginning, or because it’s the best place to start searching? Regardless, its great – I saw it in Champaign.

There is one snag tho – the web is a very imperfect place to gather information and even when its correct its often poorly presented. It will be interesting to see if Alpha has enough artificial intelligence to winnow the wheat from the chaff ! Regardless, it has the potential to be my search engine of choice, so Google either watch out or make Stephen a very, very, good offer.

Hopefully, this is the start of a new business direction for WRI and its employees. It would be nice to think Alpha could provide foundation income that allows the Mathematica Developers to continue development without an other commercial influences. For me its essential that Stephen Wolfram maintains independence between WRIs customers, and his users customers! This will ensure Mathematica and WRI develop in directions that ensures the free flow of ideas and information from users to developers.

Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing Alpha go live and become the most talked about search engine…….

Posted by robert prince-wright May 5, 2009 at 8:20 am

I am a student, so I need more knowledge and I think Wolfram l Alpha will help me

Posted by davidremington May 5, 2009 at 8:24 am

What about items like Genealogy. Will Wolfram|Alpha be able to do all of my Ancestry, help find missing links, build my family tree? All very exciting though.

Posted by R King May 5, 2009 at 8:25 am

I’m on a committee assessing the impact of the current H1N1 potential pandemic on our (smallish) organization – and just asked myself the question “at the current rate of growth, how long would it be until 1% of the world’s population has been infected?”. I took the data from CDC and WHO and threw in a graph. It would have been nice to have a few curves under differrent assumptions. I doubt the Wolfram Alpha could have produced what I needed in one bite, but certainly could have been the research assistant and produced some fairly impressive backup information.

Posted by Tim Hulse May 5, 2009 at 8:28 am

Daily reports of wonderfulness are becoming tiresome. Links that go to empty panels are pointless. Being told repeatedly that I’m not worthy of viewing content is insulting. “Interesting Outputs” aren’t, because I can’t see them, so they’re pointless to provide.

Execution and delivery are paramount. Puff talk and blog postings don’t count. All we’ve been told is there are certain problems being solved, and the tool to solve them is coming real soon. My newspaper carried an ad for Craftsman hammers at Sears today; at least someone still delivers on their promise.

I’m opting out.

Posted by Steve May 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

I look forward to seeing how WFA will function, when is the launch date?

All my best!

Posted by M Lipski May 5, 2009 at 8:44 am