An exciting new project caught my eye recently. The description from the site reads:
Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.
Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people—spanning all professions and education levels. Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.
So I asked the age-old simple Armenian question and this is what I received:
Let me ask in Armenian.
Looks like they had been expecting my question. It seems they have built a machine that answers most complex questions but fails at simple ones. Give it a try anyway, it could become your new favorite toy.
I couldn’t resist and tried Google which gave me its usual list of useless links that answer every other question but mine.
Technological innovation has a long way to go before it reaches any kind of maturity or saturation. We are still only just at the very beginning.