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Wolfram|Alpha

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by mcthings, May 16, 2009.

  1. mcthings

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    Cool but looks like it has a long way to go.
     
  3. Scott McGillivray

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    Could be interesting. I tried a few things and got some good info back. I am sure something like this will be as common as Google in the years to come.
    P.S. there is a rule on the forum about not just posting a link. Ya need to have something to chit-chat about as well.
     
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    I was a long-time Mathematica user, and fan of it. But I never understood Alpha. It couldn't solve even simple problems of interest to me. I understand it powers aspects the iPhone Siri service, but I've never used that aspect. I don't use Mathematica professionally currently, so am increasingly out of date on Wolfram's offerings. Will take a look at the Wolfram Language.
     
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    Interesting. They're repackaging their Mathematica language as a full-blown language. The upside is that Mathematica has evolved into a very broad and versatile system. The downside is that it is a complex language. It is a very nested structure and becomes difficult to read with multiple levels of brackets and parentheses, and specific modifiers of arrows and colons and other syntactical bits.
     
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    I watched the intro video to it. It makes more sense to me. Except I have no idea yet how I'd use it on my desktop. Or can I only doodle online? Or us it like Mathematica and costs $500 to get started. Need to read more tonight.
     
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    Agreed. It's definitely a first gen release. The thing is it seems nobody else is doing much at the scale these guys are, I can't wait to see what the brainy uni kids build with it.
     
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    The intro video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P9HqHVPeik&app=desktop
     
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    Stephen Wolfram has been chipping at this for a lifetime. He wants to usher in the next paradigm shift in science. (See his gushing over Automatons a decade ago)The problem with this " language", as I crudely understand it, is it's really a proprietary database plus a computational language. This isn't Ruby, the cool new script than anyone can do anything with. This is Wolfram's system requiring their own data store. Imagine Wikipedia launching a language based on their data. Regardless. Thus is interesting. Proprietary languages aren't anything new. Matlab. Lab view. IDL. Mathematica. Those are the few I've played with. But this attempt at a universal approach to everything, backed by a database of everything, is new.
     

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