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Re: [ontolog-forum] Wolfram Alpha preview

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 06 May 2009 10:23:02 -0400
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Pavithra,    (01)

 > One has to request access to test Alpha !    (02)

Yes.  That talk at Harvard by Stephen Wolfram was a "preview".    (03)

Sometime later this month, they will have a big announcement and
make it available to everyone.  But they still have to get their
servers ready to accommodate questions from the whole world.    (04)

Following is an excerpt from Stephen Wolfram's blog:    (05)

SW> I wasnt at all sure it was going to work. But Im happy to say
 > that with a mixture of many clever algorithms and heuristics, lots
 > of linguistic discovery and linguistic curation, and what probably
 > amount to some serious theoretical breakthroughs, were actually
 > managing to make it work.
 > Pulling all of this together to create a true computational
 > knowledge engine is a very difficult task.    (06)

Source: http://blog.wolfram.com/2009/03/05/wolframalpha-is-coming/    (07)

In that note, SW focuses on the "theoretical breakthroughs", but
I'm sure there's a lot of low-level details to convert a demo for
a few friends to something that anybody in the world can access.    (08)

And by the way, check out the "recent posts" on the blog, which
have interesting comments about Mathematica by various employees
at Wolfram Research.    (09)

John    (010)

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