This is very cool and scary to the same time.
A revolutionary new software
that will understand questions and give specific, tailored answers in a way that has never been seen is promising to shake up the internet.
Experts say that the new system, Wolfram Alpha, to be launched later this month, could put giants like Google in the shade, reports the Independent.
Wolfram Alpha, showcased at Harvard University in the US last week, takes the first step towards what many consider to be the internet’s Holy Grail - a global store of information that understands and responds to ordinary language in the same way a person does.
Computer experts believe the new search engine will be an evolutionary leap in the development of the internet. Nova Spivack, an internet and computer expert, said that Wolfram Alpha could prove just as important as Google. “It is really impressive and significant,” the British daily quoted Spivack as saying. “In fact it may be as important for the web (and the world) as Google, but for a different purpose.”
This article has a link where you can watch an interview where Stephen Wolfram discusses this new software. I haven't watch it yet but will sometime later today.http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/may/01/wolframalpha-youtube-talks