Wolfram|Alpha answers life’s tough questions

June 5, 2009


The new Wolfram|Alpha “computational knowledge engine” is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long while. My first impression was that this was just a big fancy calculator to help people solve NP-complete problems and complex differential equations and whatnot. Not that this wouldn’t be impressive in its own right, but it’s not exactly something I would use (though I could have used it back in college, when I was smart). The really cool thing about Worlfram|Alpha, though, is that it has a myriad of possible uses.

Want to see how popular your name is? Search for it.

Wolfram|Alpha: Natasha

Want to define a color scheme for your website? Look up your main color and see what matches.

Wolfram|Alpha: Color

Want to know the answer to life, the universe, and everything? Look it up.

Wolfram|Alpha: Answer to life, the universe, and everything.

This is way more exciting than Microsoft’s Bing (also launched recently). Go try it now.

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About Natasha Lloyd

Natasha is a professional train rider, an amateur photographer, an avid kayak paddler, a long-time cartoon watcher, and an Interaction Designer at SAP BusinessObjects. She currently lives in Massachusetts, on the outer outskirts of Boston.

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