Google’s New Competitor Wolfram Alpha Search Engine Coming This May

Google’s New Competitor Wolfram Alpha Search Engine Coming This May

The long-expected Wolfram Alpha search engine is due to be launched this month. We are waiting for it anxiously as unfortunately we didn’t get the opportunity to test it, however, others did and it looks amazing. I will start with the fact that many said that this is the Google Killer, but in fact Wolfram Alpha is not a conventional search engine, it is more a computational knowledge engine which is based on ideas from Stephen Wolfram. Recently, Google launched its public data search, and not even that can be compared to Wolfram Alpha.

Don’t think of Wolfram Alpha as a Google Killer, though, because frankly Google doesn’t really have anything like it—except for maybe Google’s new public data search, which, while impressive, doesn’t look nearly as robust as Wolfram Alpha. (Then again, we’ll have to wait and see how well Wolfram Alpha works when it gets in the hands of the public.) Either way, Google will still corner the market on most normal search. (We’re not always looking for the kind of answers Wolfram Alpha provides when we hit up Google.) As for how this editor uses Google and Wikipedia, I’d actually imagine that Wolfram Alpha could be more of a Wikipedia competitor than a Google competitor.

The system, Wolfram Alpha, was developed by Stephen Wolfram (49), a British physicist, and showcased at Harvard University in the U.S. last week. “Revolutionary new web software could put giants such as Google in the shade,” the daily claimed. Although the system is still new, it has already attracted massive hype among technology pundits, it added.

“Wolfram Alpha will not only give a straight answer to questions such as ‘how high is Mount Everest?’ but it will also produce a neat page of related information — all properly sourced — such as geographical location and nearby towns, and other mountains, complete with graphs and charts,” it said. “Or ask what the weather was like in London on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it will cross-check and provide the answer.”

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