It’s scaring Wikipedia
Posted by gazjjohnson on 14 May, 2009
You might have seen the news articles or read in the press or bloggoverse about Wolfram|Alpha. I confess I’d sort of noticed it, but not really paid attention. This afternoon someone passed me a rather handy narrated demo of what the site can offer, and I must say it looks very impressive. Able to handle natural language queries or short text and return with statistical information, factual stuff and very graphically friendly too. Potentially I can see it is going to cause major problems for search services and maybe, dare I say it, librarians too.
Interestingly if you read the Wikipedia dicussion on the resource, you’ll see that there’s some fear that it’ll kill of Wikipedia itself. I wouldn’t go that far, but it will certainly shake the search world up. Wonder how Google will react?