Talk:Wolfram Research’s new product Alpha to compete with Google and Wikipedia

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Umm, anyone remember ask.com. How about googling "What is the population of Canada?", you get Canada — Population: 33,212,696 (July 2008 est.). How about brain boost? Whats special about this new search engine. Where is the breakthrough? Personally this sounds like mostly hype. Bawolff 02:33, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

First, it's NEWS, whatever its merit. Second, its fundamentally different, both from a technological standpoint and functional standpoint. It's not a search engine, at all, as my article attempts to demonstrate. It's true that Google and other traditional web search engines attempt to provide factual answers to questions, often from natural language queries, but these answers are gleened from existing web documents. Wolfram Alpha doesn't do this, not at all, which means it has both advantages and disadvantages. --Quinn d (talk) 03:45, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
Well I geuss i can't really judge until I see it, however the description does somewhat remind me of a chatbot. However I think "In theory, any question with a factual answer can be answered by Wolfram Alpha" is a bit misleading, because in practice, there is more knowladge in the world than wolfram employees can reasonably put into their answer bot (significantly more). Bawolff 04:54, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

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This published article needs to have its sources formatted properly. It also needs geographical cats. --SVTCobra 12:36, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Done with the sources. Not sure what geographical cats can be added besides Category:World. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 12:42, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
Instead of world, the country of the company seems to be most appropriate. --SVTCobra 23:32, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
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