Steven Wolfram demoed his Wolfram Alpha “computational knowledge engine” (which we wrote about last month) today at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Technology, and announced that the product will launch in the next couple of weeks. “What we’re trying to do is take all the things that can be computed about the world…and try and package it to the point where we can just walk up to a web site and have it deliver the knowledge we’d like to have,” Wolfram said. “Like interacting with an expert, it will understand what you are talking about, do the computation and present to you results,” Wolfram
ReadWriteWeb got a preview of Wolfram Alpha over the weekend, and liked what it saw. During the Harvard demo, Wolfram noted that the program was running slow, but that things should be smoothed out by the time of the public launch.
We look forward to the launch and finding out if the universe (which others call the library) is in actuality Wolfram Alpha -- or even the Wolfram Aleph.