WolframAlpha : A Computational knowledge engine – I mistook it for a search engine.
I tried to search all kinds of things with WolframAlpha. Wolfram continued to spit relevant results and when it could not, it said so. Sorry dude I can’t do it. May be that is when I should have gone to Google. Not so fast, I said to myself and looked for few more results.
Beauty of this computational engine is if we search for IBM Cisco Google, it gives the comparison between all the 3 companies. If we have to get the same kind of information before we might have to spend more than 30 minutes.
If you want to compare stocks or want to get a quick company information there is no place like WolframAlpha. It comes with a caveat. It is only applicable for American companies and Indian companies still have to suffer.
Wolfram gives perfect results for mathematical equations like sinx/x, sin30, tan45 etc… But these things are not allowed in exams are they?
What happens when the engine itself is confused?
I searched for India business blog – no results.
I searched for India blog – no results
I searched for blog. Got results and this is what I got.
I meant a weblog.
I searched for India Forex reserves and I got $250 billion as an answer. Close enough. Got good results for India population too (BTW it is 1.17 billion as per 2007 estimates).
Being a curious George, I searched for Sachin Tendulkar and this is what I got.
True, even BCCI doesn’t know what to do with that input.
Wolfram sure looks like something which blogger’s and early adopters can use on a periodical basis. I would have used it but it doesn’t give me relevant information about Indian companies.
Not a Google beater, not even close. And that to me is a problem – a big one.
What does it take Google to come up with something like WolframAlpha?